Boundless faith

The global outreach of American churches

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of California Press
ISBN (Print)9780520259157
StatePublished - May 26 2009
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Duration: May 26 2009 → …

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Faith
Outreach
Globalization
Christianity
Congregations
Missionaries
Orphanage
Foreign Policy
Computer Networks
In-depth Interviews
Volunteers
Religion
Stereotypes

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University of California Press, 2009.

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