Evangelical Populist Internationalism and the Politics of Persecution

This article explores the rise of the US movement for persecuted Christians as a form of evangelical internationalism. This internationalism is built on a moral geography that highlights the ties between US evangelicals and Christians in other parts of the world, challenging the isolationist self-re...

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Published in:The review of faith & international affairs
Main Author: McAlister, Melani 1962-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group [2019]
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In: The review of faith & international affairs
Year: 2019, Volume: 17, Issue: 3, Pages: 105-117
Further subjects:B Internationalism
B Turkey
B persecuted church
B Populism
B Evangelicals
B Nigeria
B international religious freedom
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Summary:This article explores the rise of the US movement for persecuted Christians as a form of evangelical internationalism. This internationalism is built on a moral geography that highlights the ties between US evangelicals and Christians in other parts of the world, challenging the isolationist self-regard that American evangelicals are often accused of. This article argues, however, that some important components of the persecuted Christians movement mobilize a common populist trope of an in-group facing attack from outside. Rather than organizing around religious freedom broadly, they construct a narrative of American Christians as part of a victimized and marginalized group, based on their ties with a global Christian community defined as persecuted. Rather than being part of a binary of populism versus internationalism, key parts of the persecuted Christians movement use internationalism to support Christian populism.
ISSN:1931-7743
Contains:Enthalten in: The review of faith & international affairs
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15570274.2019.1644007