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Moral Ambition Omri Elisha

Moral Ambition By Omri Elisha

Moral Ambition by Omri Elisha


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Examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians. Focusing on two Tennessee megachurches, this title reaches beyond political controversies over issues such as abortion and public prayer to highlight the ways that evangelicals at the grassroots of the Christian Right promote faith-based causes.

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Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches by Omri Elisha

In this evocative ethnography, Omri Elisha examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians as they engage socially with local communities. Focusing on two Tennessee megachurches, Moral Ambition reaches beyond political controversies over issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and public prayer to highlight the ways that evangelicals at the grassroots of the Christian Right promote faith-based causes intended to improve the state of social welfare. This book shows how these ministries both help churchgoers embody religious virtues and create provocative new opportunities for evangelism on a public scale. Elisha challenges conventional views of U.S. evangelicalism as narrowly individualistic, elucidating instead the inherent contradictions that activists face in their efforts to reconcile religious conservatism with a renewed interest in compassion, poverty, racial justice, and urban revivalism.

Moral Ambition Reviews

This book is a gem. Elisha has crafted a memorable portrait of evangelical activism, rife with hopes, strivings, failures, confusions, and predicaments. Current Anthropology A fascinating window into the tensions animating conservative Protestantism in America today. -- Peter Mundey Sociology Of Religion Excellent. Jssr: Journal For Sci Stdy Religion A substantive and insightful work. It provides a rich picture of evangelical belief and practice while also clarifying the tensions and ambiguities many evangelical congregations face as they attempt to seek the peace of their earthly city in the name and hope of Christ. -- Scott J. Hagley Missiology

About Omri Elisha

Omri Elisha is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Queens College, City University of New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Awaking Sleeping Giants 3. A Region in Spite of Itself 4. The Names of Action 5. The Spiritual Injuries of Class 6. Compassion Accounts 7. Taking the (Inner) City for God Epilogue Notes References Index

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CIN0520267516G
9780520267510
0520267516
Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches by Omri Elisha
Used - Good
Paperback
University of California Press
20110715
276
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