Evangelicals and American Foreign Policy

ISBN-10: 0199987637
ISBN-13: 9780199987634
Edition: 2014
Authors: Mark R. Amstutz
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Description: Mark Amstutz offers a groundbreaking exploration of the rise, evolution, and crucial impact of Evangelicals on American foreign affairs.In the nineteenth century, Protestant missionaries spearheaded global engagement by serving throughout the world.  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/2/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Mark Amstutz offers a groundbreaking exploration of the rise, evolution, and crucial impact of Evangelicals on American foreign affairs.In the nineteenth century, Protestant missionaries spearheaded global engagement by serving throughout the world. They gained fluency in foreign languages, developed knowledge about distant societies, and increased cross-cultural awareness. They also played a vital role in advancing human dignity by teaching and modeling values, building schools and clinics, and creating institutions that nurtured civil society. In view of their important role in global affairs, Amstutz argues, Evangelicals can be regarded as America's first internationalists. When modernists gained control of Protestant denominations at the turn of the twentieth century, traditional Protestants responded by creating a Fundamentalist movement that gave precedence to spiritual life but neglected social and political concerns. Four decades later, orthodox believers sought to restore the spiritual-temporal balance that had characterized traditional Protestantism. To a significant degree, contemporary Evangelicalism is the result of this movement.Amstutz illuminates the influence of the political theology of this group of believers on Evangelicals' thought and action on global affairs. Although the New Evangelicals have not established a body of teachings comparable to Catholics', they have developed a framework that has shaped members' social thought and political action. After highlighting distinctive features of Evangelicals' political ethics, Amstutz illustrates how such thinking has influenced the analysis of global poverty, U.S. foreign policy towards Israel, and a variety of foreign policy initiatives. In view of the increasing political advocacy of Evangelical groups, Amstutz concludes with a number of recommendations on how to strengthen Evangelicals' global engagement.

Mark R. Amstutz is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College, where he teaches courses in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international ethics, and Third World politics. He is the author of numerous articles and books including most recently a new edition of International Ethics: Concepts, Theories, and Cases in Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield 2005). In addition to chairing the politics department at Wheaton College for nearly two decades, he has directed off-campus study programs in Europe and Cuba and traveled widely as a scholar. In 1988 he was honored with a "senior teacher" award and in 2005 he was recognized with a "senior scholarship" award.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Christianity and Foreign Policy
The Nature and Rise of Evangelicals
The Genesis of Evangelical Global Engagement: The Missionary Movement
The Political Ethics of Evangelicals
Evangelicals and Global Poverty
Evangelicals and U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Israel
The Rise of Evangelical Foreign Policy Advocacy
Shortcomings of Evangelical Foreign Policy Advocacy
Toward a More Effective Evangelical Global Engagement
Notes
Index

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