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The Strangers in Our Midst

American Evangelicals and Immigration from the Cold War to the Twenty-First Century

Ulrike Elisabeth Stockhausen

The Strangers in Our Midst

The Strangers in Our Midst

American Evangelicals and Immigration from the Cold War to the Twenty-First Century

The Strangers in Our Midst

 

This book examines evangelical responses to immigrants and refugees in the era of modern immigration. It traces evangelical responses to refugees and immigrants from the Cuban refugees in the 1960s to their divided stances on undocumented immigration in the twenty-first century.


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Beschrijving The Strangers in Our Midst

Evangelical Christians in the United States today are known for their hard-line, restrictive approach to immigration and refugees. This book shows that this has not always been the case and is, in fact, a relatively new position. The history of evangelical involvement with refugees and immigrants has been overlooked in the current debate. Since the early 1960s, evangelical Christians have been integral players in US immigration and refugee policy. Motivated by
biblical teachings to “welcome the stranger,” they have helped tens of thousands of newcomers by acting as refugee sponsors or providing legalization assistance to undocumented immigrants. Until the 1990s, many evangelicals did not distinguish between documented and undocumented newcomers – all were to be
loved and welcomed. In the last decade of the twentieth century, however, a growing anti-immigrant consensus in American society grew alongside evangelicals' political alignment with the Republican Party, leading to a rethinking of their theology.

Following the GOP's lead, evangelicals increasingly emphasized the need to obey American law, which many argued undocumented immigrants failed to do. Today, the evangelical movement is more divided than ever about immigration policy. While conservative evangelicals are often immigration hard-liners, many progressive and Latinx evangelicals hope to convince their fellow evangelicals to take a more welcoming approach. The Strangers in Our Midst argues that the key to understanding
evangelicals' divided approaches to immigration is to look at both their theology and their politics. Both of which have shaped how—and especially to whom—they extend their biblical values of hospitality.


ISBN
9780197515884
Pagina's
304
Verschenen
NUR
680
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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