In "Boundless Faith, "the first book to look systematically at American Christianity in relation to globalization, Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in U.S. policies and programs abroad. These changes, he argues, can be seen in the growth of support at home for missionaries and churches in other countries and in the large number of Americans who participate in short-term volunteer efforts abroad. These outreaches include building orphanages, starting microbusinesses, and setting up computer networks. Drawing on a comprehensive survey that was conducted for this book, as well as several hundred in-depth interviews with church leaders, Wuthnow refutes several prevailing stereotypes: that U.S. churches have turned away from the global church and overseas missions, that congregations only look inward, and that the growing voice of religion in areas of foreign policy is primarily evangelical. This fresh and revealing book encourages Americans to pay attention to the grass-roots mechanisms by which global ties are created and sustained.
"A clear and systemic discussion of a topic that has too often been dominated by polemics." -- Timothy Renick Christian Century "Compelling... a vivid portrait of the interaction between American Christianity and the rest of the world and the future of this relationship." Foreword "Wuthnow's latest sociological masterpiece." -- Richard Fox Young Theology Today "An erudite and readable account." Publishers Weekly "Offers an abundance of interesting and highly relevant material... Like [Wuthnow's] earlier works, Boundless Faith can be recommended without hesitation." Journal American Academy Of Religion/ Jaar "Eminent" Books & Culture: A Christian Rvw "Wuthnow's thoughtful and sometimes surprising treatment of available data-statistics about membership, mission, and growth in Christian communities-makes it clear why this kind of scholarship matters." -- Marilyn McEntyre Sojourners: Faith, Pol & Culture "[Wuthnow] brings something different to the field of study." -- Todd Johnson Church History Stds In Christiany And Culture