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The New Evangelical Social Engagement 1st Edition

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"A very good introduction to this branch of Christianity as a whole."--Catholic Books Review

"Accessible...This volume is an essential resource for evangelical trend spotting."--Journal of Religion

"The strengths of this book are many. It offers an important corrective to the widely held view of evangelical activism that is predominately political and right-wing....All the substantive chapters are strong contributions. They cover a broad range of topics, are informative, and show excellent depth of analysis. The book is well written and coherent....I recommend this book highly. It is necessary reading for those interested in American religion. I thank the authors for this important contribution."--Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

"[W]ell written and compellingly argued...the book's composite portrayal of the new evangelical social engagement is full-bodied and complex...The New Evangelical Social Engagement provides an excellent introduction to its subject...Not only does the book enrich the study of American evangelicalism, it also enriches the broader study of American religion in civil society."--Review of Religious Research

"A collection of outstanding essays on Christian evangelicalism's turn to social action...The essays address issues of globalization, diversity, and gender and their concomitant complexity, and succeed admirably as a needed corrective to public misperceptions. Summing up: Recommended."--CHOICE

"The standard academic view of American evangelicalism is growing more dated by the year. Many new movements and subcultural shifts are underway in evangelicalism that open up possibilities for major changes in the future. Steensland and Goff offer one of the best windows into these important changes among evangelicals. This is a must-read for any student of American religion, culture, politics, and civil society." --Christian Smith, author of Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults

"The New Evangelical Social Engagement offers a treasure of resources... this timely volume offers a powerful corrective to the myth, pervasive in the media nad among many academics, that all evangelicals are culture warriors." --Christian Century

About the Author

Brian Steensland is Director of Social Science Research, Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. His book The Failed Welfare Revolution received the Mary Douglas Prize and the Political Sociology Book Award.

Philip Goff is Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is author or editor of over thirty books and journal volumes.

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Philip Goff, professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, has been the director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture since 2000.

Goff's research specialization is American religious history, with over 150 articles, reviews and scholarly papers in that area. His recent books include: Themes in Religion and American Culture, which Publisher's Weekly described as "brilliant" and "a breath of fresh air;" The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945, described by American Reference Books Annual as "Welcome and much-needed ... [this book] provides texture and depth to lesser-known elements of the spiritual walk;" and The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America. Currently Goff is completing books about the history of religious radio as well as an cultural biography of John Adams that emphasizes his religious life. He is also at work co-authoring a textbook with Sylvester Johnson (Northwestern University) on American religious history for Cambridge University Press.

Goff has served as a legal consultant for church-state cases, co-authored amicus briefs for cases before the Federal Supreme Court, and been an expert witness in legal cases involving religious groups. Dedicated to public teaching, he has been a scriptwriter, consultant, and interviewee for documentaries related to religion in American life for PBS, BBC, and HBO. Answering questions about religion in North America on national and international news and radio programs, as well as in national newspapers, he is recognized as a leading interpreter of religion's role in American life. In recent years he was named to Who's Who Among Teachers, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

Professor Goff obtained his bachelor's degree at Nyack College in Religious Studies in 1986. He received his MA in Religious Studies 1988 from the University of Kansas, where he specialized in method and theory in the study of religion. He completed in PhD in American Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1993. Later that year, he joined the Department of History at California State University, Los Angeles, where he also directed the Social Sciences Major and the Liberal Studies Program at various times. In 2000 he joined the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where he teaches, directs the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, and co-editors the journal Religion & American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation.

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