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God's Country?

Walter Russell Mead

in Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827978
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827978.003.0017
God's Country?

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This chapter discusses how contemporary changes in Protestantism are starting to affect U.S. foreign policy. The growing influence of evangelicals has affected U.S. foreign policy in several ways; two issues in particular illustrate the resultant changes. On the question of humanitarian and human rights policies, evangelical leadership is altering priorities and methods while increasing overall support for both foreign aid and the defense of human rights. And on the question of Israel, rising evangelical power has deepened U.S. support for the Jewish state, even as the liberal Christian establishment has distanced itself from Jerusalem.

Keywords: Protestantism; U.S. foreign policy; religion; Israel; liberal Christian establishment; evangelicals; humanitarianism; human rights

Chapter.  6932 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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