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The New Evangelical Social Engagement$
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Brian Steensland and Philip Goff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199329533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199329533.001.0001

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The New Monasticism

The New Monasticism

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The New Evangelical Social Engagement

Will Samson

Oxford University Press

The New Monasticism is a movement among younger Evangelicals that is challenging the generation before them on three key fronts: the militaristic moralism of the religious right, the therapeutism of the megachurch, and the “placelessness” of the culture at large. Based on over two hundred hours of qualitative interviews with 42 community members and leaders at five New Monastic communities this research sketches out the motivations for New Monastic social engagement. Relying on Smith and Emerson’s work on sub-cultural identity, combined with Michael Lindsay’s research detailing the cultural immersion of American Evangelicalism, the following chapter demonstrates the ways in which younger Evangelicals are pursuing identities that place them apart from the previous generation of American Evangelicals. This research indicates that New Monastic community members are purposely finding counter-narratives to the militaristic moralism and therapeutism through intentional practices such as hospitality to strangers, sharing economic resources with community members and the poor in their area, and demonstrating care for the environment. All this occurs while seeking to ground their social engagement in particular places and cultural contexts.

Keywords:   Evangelicals, New monasticism, Community, Therapeutism, Place

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