I recently completed The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals, which explores how US evangelical Christians, white and black, have constructed their understandings of — and relationships with — people in the Middle East and Africa. The book explores US evangelical investments, from their responses to apartheid to activism on international religious freedom in the 1990s to responses to the Iraq war after 2003. The book takes the globalization of evangelicalism to be a key factor in shaping Americans’ transnationalism, and so evangelicals in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are also important players in this story, from anti-apartheid evangelicals in South Africa to Christian activists in south Sudan. The story begins with US missionary responses to the decolonization of Congo in 1960 and ends with the debates over the Anti-Homosexuality Law in Uganda in 2014.  It is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2018.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: How We Suffered, How We Loved

I. Networks 

1) “The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man”: Racism as a Missionary Problem

2) “Peril and Persecution”: The Congo Crisis

3) “Have you read the Communist Manifesto?” Christian Revolutions

4) “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked”: Christians and the Future of Israel

5) “Reaching the Unreached”: The Battle of Lausanne

II. Body Politics

6) “These Marks on My Body Are My Credentials”: Jesus in the Communist World

7) “The Suffering Church:” Apartheid South Africa

8) “The 10/40 Window”: The Struggle with Islam

9) “The Persecuted Body”: The Religious Freedom Agenda

10) “Leave the Nuances for the Diplomats”: Redeeming Sudan

III. Emotions

11) “I’ll Go Where You Send Me”: Short-term Missions

12) “The Greatest Failing of Our Christian Obedience”: The War in Iraq

13) “I am Not a Big Checkbook”:  Churches and Money in South Sudan

14) “The Power of a Weeping Christian”: Sexual Politics and HIV/AIDS in Africa

15) “Despair is an Unmerciful Tyrant”: Youth and Justice in Cairo