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Melani McAlister: Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals (2018)

Oxford University Press, New York
  • David C. KirkpatrickEmail author
Book Review

Conversation on the nature and contours of evangelicalism appears to be in a state of flux. Robust disagreements cut across insider–outsider boundaries, throwing into question many long-held assumptions. For some evangelicals of color, American evangelicalism resembles a dying vestige of white supremacy in the wake of the Trump election. Others push for a global lens, arguing that evangelicalism is diverse, persecuted, and growing around the world. For political observers, some lament the inclusivity of evangelical polling, arguing that many evangelicals who claim the label are not evangelicals at all. Others conclude that evangelicalism does not exist, but was a post-war marketing ploy to leverage conservative political influence. Melanie McAlister’s new book The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicalsexamines the global to make sense of the local in the United States. She explores how American evangelicals understand themselves and their place in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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