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The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

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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 severa ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2018)
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Bob
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summary: An exploration of the international dimension of American evangelicalism, focusing particularly on Africa and the Middle East, the impact this American movement has had globally, and in turn ways global evangelicalism is engaging American evangelicalism.

American evangelicalism has been the subject of much historical, sociological and political analysis. Nearly all of this has been focused within the borders of the United States. Melani McAlister studies this movement through a different
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CJ
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars because it's so personally relevant - laying out my religious heritage, demystifying it (though there's less analysis than just putting in one place: Jim Elliot, Schaeffer, Bonhoeffer's influence to 10/40 window, Perreti, and evangelical NGOs).

Learned for the first time about evangelical reactions to apartheid, the racial divide of evangelical responses to Iraq War.
Drew Pinkley
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and thought provoking

Brilliant. Riveting. Category-shattering history. This is how you do justice to the complicated pasts of your historical subjects! Without excusing people/institutions of their failures. Without making them out to be heroes or villains. Intentionally crossing every boundary that people try to place upon historical subjects, and giving contextual depth to familiar caricatures. The epilogue even helps contextualize the most immediate political moment. Damn this boo
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Rachel
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting look into the history of modern evangelicalism in America and its interactions with the rest of the world. Some topics I was more familiar with like the trends of short-term missions whereas I didn't know the various views and sides evangelicals took on apartheid in South Africa. It was well-researched, critical but not harsh look at evangelicalism and the trends and movements that have shaped where we are today.
Ari Weinberg
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is extremely useful and well-researched. McAlister effectively balances criticisms and complexities of global evangelism with humanizing the historic and contemporary people involved. Would recommend both for people who want to learn more about the history of evangelical Christianity and for those who are looking for new angles on histories/ideas that they already understand.
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