Steensland, Brian and Philip Goff, eds. 2014. The New Evangelical Social Engagement. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Publisher’s Description: In recent years evangelical Christians have been increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. Such engagement marks both a return to historic evangelical social action and a pronounced expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right in the past few decades. For outsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what “true” evangelicalism means today.
Beginning with an introduction that broadly outlines this ‘new evangelicalism’, the editors identify its key elements, trace its historical lineage, account for the recent changes taking place within evangelicalism, and highlight the implications of these changes for politics, civic engagement, and American religion. The essays that follow bring together an impressive interdisciplinary team of scholars to map this new religious terrain and spell out its significance in what is sure to become an essential text for understanding trends in contemporary evangelicalism.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: The New Evangelical Social Engagement, Brian Steensland and Philip Goff
Part One: Recent Evangelical Movements and Trends
Chapter One – “FORMED”: Emerging Evangelicals Navigate Two Transformations
James S. Bielo
Chapter Two – Whose Social Justice? Which Evangelicalism? Social Engagement in a Campus Ministry
Chapter Three – All Catholics Now? Spectres of Catholicism in Evangelical Social Engagement
Chapter Four – The New Monasticism
Chapter Five – “We Need a Revival”: Young Evangelical Women Redefine Activism in New York City
Chapter Six – New and Old Evangelical Public Engagement: A View from the Polls
John C. Green
Part Two: Areas of Evangelical Social Engagement
Chapter Seven – Green Evangelicals
Chapter Eight – The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race
Gerardo Marti and Michael O. Emerson
Chapter Nine – Pro-Lifers of the Left: Progressive Evangelicals’ Campaign Against Abortion
Daniel K. Williams
Chapter Ten – Global Reflex: International Evangelicals, Human Rights, and the New Shape of American Social Engagement
David R. Swartz
Chapter Eleven – Global Poverty and Evangelical Action
Amy Reynolds and Stephen Offutt
Part Three: Reflections on Evangelical Social Engagement
Chapter Twelve – What’s New about the New Evangelical Social Engagement?
Chapter Thirteen – Evangelicals of the 1970s and 2010s: What’s the Same, What’s Different, and What’s Urgent
R. Stephen Warner
Chapter Fourteen – We Need a New Reformation
Glen Harold Stassen