The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals

Melani McAlister. Oxford Univ, $29.95 (400) ISBN 978-0-19-021342-8
McAlister (Epic Encounters) traces the 20th-century history of American Protestant evangelical internationalism in this excellent volume. In the first two sections, McAlister focuses her critical explorations on work done by groups and gatherings rather than the experiences of particular individuals. She covers the Lausanne Conference, a 1974 international meeting of evangelicals that set policy and raised many still-debated questions (such as the place of nondenominational Christianity), and Christian Solidarity International, an organization based out of Switzerland dedicated to the practice of “slave redemption” in war zones. The last section highlights contemporary mission projects, including ones in South Sudan and Cairo. McAlister visited these projects and includes her own observations as part of her discussion, including her complimentary take on their health outreach programs. McAlister fails to mention Mormon missionaries, a strange gap considering she discusses Catholic and Muslim missionaries at several points. These small omissions, however, detract little from McAlister’s valuable work on the global reach of evangelicalism. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/02/2018
Release date: 08/01/2018
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