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This book shows that new centers of Christianity have taken root in the global south. Although these communities were previously poor and marginalized, Stephen Offutt illustrates that they are now socioeconomically diverse, internationally well connected, and socially engaged. Offutt argues that local and global religious social forces, as opposed to other social, economic, or political forces, are primarily responsible for these changes.Read more
- Investigates how global religious movements change
- Explains how a new, global evangelical professional class exercises leadership around the world
- Shows how local actors and communities are not always overwhelmed by globalization, but can instead make globalization work for them
Reviews & endorsements
"The explosive growth of Evangelical Protestantism in many countries is one of the most important religious developments today. This book by Stephen Offutt, based on original research in El Salvador and South Africa, provides a fascinating picture of the interaction of international and local Evangelical forces. Without ever losing sight of the big picture, Offutt tells lively stories of how individual believers fit into this picture."
Peter L. Berger, Boston UniversitySee more reviews
"Stephen Offutt's book is an important addition to the growing literature on global evangelicalism. Its focus on evangelical elites and on transnational flows allows it to nuance some elements of the general picture that has been built up in recent years and throws more light on the internal dynamics of global evangelical Christianity. At least in the two countries studied, various forms of Western evangelical presence remain a key factor in any explanation of Christianity’s flourishing as a ‘global southern’ faith."
Paul Freston, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
"Stephen Offutt provides an extremely helpful guide to scholarly debates and discussions on global evangelicalism. He moves the discussion forward with compelling original research and insightful analysis of the ways in which key evangelical centers in the Global South are connected with global evangelicalism."
Robert J. Priest, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"In this marvelously well-researched book, Stephen Offutt significantly contributes to our understanding of global evangelicalism by showing its growing diversity and embeddedness in international flows of information, personnel, and resources. Without de-emphasizing the importance of faith itself, Offutt shows how faith is being remolded by transnational social networks, large entrepreneurial organizations, stark economic inequality, and changing political realities."
Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University, New Jersey
"The author is to be commended for the wealth of detail, and for the straightforward manner in which it is presented. The theoretical and analytical frameworks used are primarily sociological, not anthropological. Nevertheless, the book is highly recommended to those interested in global evangelical Christianity, due to its rich analytical detail on how the evangelical churches in those two countries are functioning at the institutional and national level."
Edwin Zehner, Anthropos
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- Date Published: February 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107435216
- dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
- contains: 1 map 3 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. A new way of thinking about a global faith
2. Historical sketches of El Salvador and South Africa
3. Encountering transnational religious social forces
4. Exercising local influence: an entrepreneurial approach
5. The social contours and global reach of the new centers of global evangelicalism: enlarging organizations, exporting religion, and creating social stratification
6. New strategies of public engagement: integrated political engagement, increasing social engagement, and shifting beliefs
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