Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches

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Parts of chapter 5 appeared in different form in “Sins of Our Soccer Moms:
Servant Evangelism and the Spiritual Injuries of Class,” in Local Actions:
Cultural Activism, Power, and Public Life in America
, ed. Melissa Checker
and Margaret Fishman, 136–158 (New York: Columbia University Press,
2004). Chapter 6 appeared in slightly different form in “Moral Ambitions
of Grace: The Paradox of Compassion and Accountability in Evangelical
Faith-Based Activism,” Cultural Anthropology 23, no. 1 (2008): 154–189.
Parts of chapter 7 appeared in different form in “Evangelical Megachurches,
Racial Reconciliation, and the Christianization of Civil Society,” in Politics
and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America’s Past
and Present
, ed. Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie, 269–296 (Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2011), and “Taking the (Inner) City for God:
Ambiguities of Urban Social Engagement among Conservative White
Evangelicals,” in The Fundamentalist City? Religiosity and the Remaking
of Urban Space
, ed. Nezar AlSayyad and Mejgan Massoumi, 235–256
(London: Routledge, 2010).

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Elisha, Omri, 1972–
  Moral ambition : mobilization and social outreach in evangelical
megachurches / Omri Elisha.
     p. cm. – (Anthropology of Christianity ; 12)
  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  ISBN 978-0-520-26750-3 (cloth : alk. paper)
  ISBN 978-0-520-26751-0 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  1. Big churches. 2. Church work. 3. Missions. 4. Church and social
problems. 5. Evangelicalism–Tennessee. I. Title. II. Title: Mobilization
and social outreach in evangelical megachurches.
  BV637.9.E45 2011
  253.09768’09045—dc22                                    2010053747

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction 1
  • Chapter 2 - Awaking Sleeping Giants 36
  • Chapter 3 - A Region in Spite of Itself 61
  • Chapter 4 - The Names of Action 85
  • Chapter 5 - The Spiritual Injuries of Class 121
  • Chapter 6 - Compassion Accounts 153
  • Chapter 7 - Taking the (Inner) City for God 183
  • Epilogue 214
  • Notes 223
  • References 241
  • Index 253
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