The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American EvangelicalsDe (autor) Melani McAlister
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More than forty years ago, conservative Christianity emerged as a major force in American political life. Since then the movement has been analyzed and over-analyzed, declared triumphant and, more than once, given up for dead. But because outside observers have maintained a near-relentless focus on domestic politics, the most transformative development over the last several decadesthe explosive growth of Christianity in the global southhas gone unrecognized by thewider public, even as it has transformed evangelical life, both in the US and abroad. The Kingdom of God Has No Borders offers a daring new perspective on conservative Christianity by shifting the lens to focus on the world outside US borders. Melani McAlister offers a sweeping narrative of the last fifty years of evangelical history, weaving a fascinating tale that upends much of what we know—or think we know—about American evangelicals. She takes us to the Congo in the 1960s, where Christians were enmeshed in a complicated interplay of missionary zeal, Cold Warpolitics, racial hierarchy, and anti-colonial struggle. She shows us how evangelical efforts to convert non-Christians have placed them in direct conflict with Islam at flash points across the globe. And she examines how Christian leaders have fought to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa while at the same timesupporting harsh repression of LGBTQ communities.Through these and other stories, McAlister focuses on the many ways in which looking at evangelicals abroad complicates conventional ideas about evangelicalism. We can't truly understand how conservative Christians see themselves and their place in the world unless we look beyond our shores.
There have been numerous studies of evangelicalism within America but this is the first I know to look at how evangelicals have engaged with other cultures. It has important lessons for anyone interested in the mission of the church.
A deeply absorbing account of the complex relationship between American religion and American power, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders offers a fascinating examination of what happens when Americans take their faith abroad.
The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is an enthralling work of stunning originality and ingenuity. By resituating the history of modern American evangelicalism internationally, Melani McAlister is not just complicating conventional wisdom, she's smashing it completely. In its place, she offers a startlingly new interpretation: American evangelicals have been fundamentally shaped by the wider world. This is an important, landmark book.
Melani McAlister's The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is the gold standard for understanding the impact and implications of American evangelicalism around the world. Meticulously researched and strikingly informative, McAlister's insights into how American evangelicals engaged other cultures shows how evangelicals' pervasive and, at times, detrimental influence continues to shape international politics and local policies.
Distinguished by deep insight, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders is a work of exceptional analytic creativity and exhaustive research in remote locations. McAlister shows how American evangelicals have come to identify themselves with the Christian populations of the Global South.
Melani McAlister is teaches American Studies and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and US Interests in the Middle East since 1945.