The New Evangelical Social Engagement

ISBN : 9780199329540

Brian Steensland; Philip Goff
336 ページ
156 x 234 mm

In recent years evangelical Christians have been increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. Such engagement marks both a return to historic evangelical social action and a pronounced expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right in the past few decades. For outsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what "true" evangelicalism means today. Beginning with an introduction that broadly outlines this 'new evangelicalism', the editors identify its key elements, trace its historical lineage, account for the recent changes taking place within evangelicalism, and highlight the implications of these changes for politics, civic engagement, and American religion. The essays that follow bring together an impressive interdisciplinary team of scholars to map this new religious terrain and spell out its significance in what is sure to become an essential text for understanding trends in contemporary evangelicalism.


Table of Contents
Introduction: The New Evangelical Social Engagement
Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Part One: Recent Evangelical Movements and Trends
Chapter One - "FORMED": Emerging Evangelicals Navigate Two Transformations
James S. Bielo
Chapter Two - Whose Social Justice? Which Evangelicalism? Social Engagement in a Campus Ministry
John Schmalzbauer
Chapter Three - All Catholics Now? Spectres of Catholicism in Evangelical Social Engagement
Omri Elisha
Chapter Four - The New Monasticism
Will Samson
Chapter Five - "We Need a Revival": Young Evangelical Women Redefine Activism in New York City
Adriane Bilous
Chapter Six - New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement: A View from the Polls
John C. Green
Part Two: Areas of Evangelical Social Engagement
Chapter Seven - Green Evangelicals
Laurel Kearns
Chapter Eight - The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race
Gerardo Marti and Michael O. Emerson
Chapter Nine - Pro-Lifers of the Left: Progressive Evangelicals' Campaign Against Abortion
Daniel K. Williams
Chapter Ten - Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement
David R. Swartz
Chapter Eleven - Global Poverty and Evangelical Action
Amy Reynolds and Stephen Offutt
Part Three: Reflections on Evangelical Social Engagement
Chapter Twelve - What's New about the New Evangelical Social Engagement?
Joel Carpenter
Chapter Thirteen - Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s: What's the Same, What's Different, and What's Urgent
R. Stephen Warner
Chapter Fourteen - We Need a New Reformation
Glen Harold Stassen


Philip Goff is director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Author or editor of over thirty books and journal volumes, he writes about the role of religion in American history, particularly its relationship to other aspects of American culture. Brian Steensland is Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. His book, The Failed Welfare Revolution, received the Mary Douglas Prize and the Political Sociology Book Award. His academic articles have appeared in leading sociology journals, such as the American Journal of Sociology and Social Forces.