Christianity's role in United States global health and development policy : to transfer the empire of the world / John Blevins.

Blevins, John, 1967- [Browse]
  • Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
  • ©2019
xii, 190 page ; 25 cm.


Routledge research in religion and development [More in this series]
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"In recent years, researchers and practitioners in global health and development have shown a renewed interest in religion. In many instances, their interest has focused on ways to ensure that the contributions and capacities of faith-based organizations are maximized in achieving global health and development objectives. There are, however, other critical questions to be asked in regard to religion's influence on global health and development. This book offers a sustained social and political history that helps to illuminate some of those questions. Christianity's Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy: To Transfer the Empire of the World examines the role of American Protestantism in making possible the first examples of global health initiatives carried out through medical missions and in influencing the idea that America has both the responsibility and the authority to intervene in other parts of the world for the good of the people there. Beginning in the colonial era of the nation and continuing up to the present, this book surveys three hundred years of social, political, and religious movements through the lens of global health and development. This book is not an apologetics for this distinctly American form of Christianity but a critical history of Christianity in America that demonstrates both the benefits and costs of religion in these fields"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • The religious origins of America's relationship to the world
  • "Christianity is adequate to the work" : religion and social reform in the progressive era
  • The new century begins : 1900-1948
  • In-depth Christianization : evangelists, engineers, and reconstructionists
  • Blurring the lines between evangelists, engineers, and reconstructionists
  • American Protestantism in the Cold War
  • No longer on the mainline : other Christianities, other religions, and no religion
  • Not "either/or" but "both/and" : on seeing international health and development as a tragic profession ... and why that should give us hope.
  • 9780815356738 (hardcover)
  • 0815356730 (hardcover)
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