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Boundless faith : the global outreach of American churches /
Robert Wuthnow.
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Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2010.
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xi, 345 pages ; 24 cm
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0520268083, 9780520268081
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imprint
Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2010.
isbn
0520268083
9780520268081
abstract
Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in US policies and programmes abroad.
catalogue key
11344527
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. His many books include After Heaven: Spirituality in America since the, 1950s, All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American Religion, and Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist, all from UC Press. With John H. Evans, he coedited The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism, also from UC Press.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
PSP Prose Awards, USA, 2009 : Won
Excerpts
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"An important and timely work. Wuthnow compiles material and offers an interpretation that is not only more encompassing than any existing work, but is also very insightful and thought provoking, and pulls the reader into the globally extended world of faith and community."--Wade Clark Roof, University of California, Santa Barbara "Boundless Faith is indispensable, breaking new ground as the only systematic look at American religions' effect on governmental foreign policy. This is an invaluable study of superior scholarship."--John Coleman, Loyola Marymount University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-05-15:
Wuthnow (director, Ctr. for the Study of Religion, Princeton Univ.; After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion) examines the American Christianity of today in relation to globalization. Using new surveys, interviews, and recent statistics, he demonstrates that American churches are still highly influential and very interested in global outreach, both in terms of organized humanitarian relief and personal short-term mission trips by small groups from local congregations. He repudiates the recent idea that it is now the non-Western churches that are vibrant and active while American churches are more drawn in and locally focused. As they become more globally oriented, these churches face challenges such as balancing service with spirituality and overcoming the historical legacy of the perceived cultural imperialism of the past; however, expanding opportunities for effective engagement around the world will continue to grow. A well-researched book that challenges many popular assumptions about the demise of the Christian West. Recommended for both students and general readers.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
Since publication of The Restructuring of American Religion (CH, Oct'88, 26-0892), Wuthnow (Princeton) has produced a steady stream of brilliantly researched and expertly written studies of postwar American Christianity. With each new offering, Wuthnow fills in the picture puzzle that is the modern American church. In Boundless Faith, he examines the effects of globalization on American churches and the global outreach of American Christians. Based on survey research and 300 phone interviews of clergy and lay members, Wuthnow's findings suggest that American Christians are far more engaged in the relief of human misery around the world than previously noted by researchers, whose measures tended to gauge only formal institutional initiatives. This means that, far from becoming irrelevant to the world, American churches are integrally involved in the First World's current focus on improving the human condition around the globe. Indeed, the faith-vision that had spurred American church leaders to socialize the Gospel for the Industrial Age is the same faith-vision that now compels postindustrial churchgoers to apply the Gospel to much greater global challenges. Boundless Faith will appeal to educators, denominational researchers, clergy, and lay leaders, among others. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. J. R. Stone California State University, Long Beach
Reviews
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"An erudite and readable account."-- Publishers Weekly
"An erudite and readable account."--Publishers Weekly
"Compelling. . . . a vivid portrait of the interaction between American Christianity and the rest of the world and the future of this relationship."
"Wuthnow's latest sociological masterpiece."-- Theology Today
"Wuthnow's latest sociological masterpiece."--Theology Today
"Wuthnow's thoughtful and sometimes surprising treatment of available datastatistics about membership, mission, and growth in Christian communitiesmakes it clear why this kind of scholarship matters."
"Eminent"
"Offers an abundance of interesting and highly relevant material. . . . Like [Wuthnow's] earlier works, Boundless Faith can be recommended without hesitation."
"[Wuthnow] brings something different to the field of study."
"Wuthnow's latest sociological masterpiece."
"Compelling. . . . a vivid portrait of the interaction between American Christianity and the rest of the world and the future of this relationship."-- Foreword
"Compelling. . . . a vivid portrait of the interaction between American Christianity and the rest of the world and the future of this relationship."--Foreword
"A clear and systemic discussion of a topic that has too often been dominated by polemics."
"A clear and systemic discussion of a topic that has too often been dominated by polemics."--Christian Century
"An erudite and readable account."
"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."-- Sojourners: Faith, Pol & Culture
"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."--Sojourners: Faith, Pol & Culture
"A clear and systemic discussion of a topic that has too often been dominated by polemics."-- Christian Century
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Robert Wuthnow shows that American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalization and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in US policies and programmes abroad.
Main Description
InBoundless 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 micro businesses, 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
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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