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Boundless Faith : The Global Outreach of American Churches - Robert Wuthnow

Boundless Faith

The Global Outreach of American Churches

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Published: 15th May 2009
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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

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
At Home and Abroad: The Changing Contours of American Religionp. 12
The Global Christianity Paradigm: From Cultural Connection to Demographic Distancep. 32
Four Faces of Globalization: Debating Heterogeneity and Inequalityp. 62
The Evolution of Transnational Ties: Changing Patterns of Social Organizationp. 95
The Global Role of Congregations: Bridging Borders through Direct Engagementp. 140
Faith and Foreign Policy: Does Religious Advocacy Matter?p. 188
The Challenges Ahead: Good for America, Good for the World?p. 235
Appendixp. 251
Notesp. 259
Selected Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780520268081
ISBN-10: 0520268083
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 12th October 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.45