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Hillary Kaell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691201467

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691201467.001.0001

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Love and Sin

Love and Sin

Sense and Sentimentalism in Christian Globalism

(p.20) Chapter 1 Love and Sin
Christian Globalism at Home

Hillary Kaell

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses informal evangelical theologies that fused the circulation of human love and Divine Love into a basis for U.S. Christian globalism. It begins by clarifying how nineteenth-century Christians came to understand childhood innocence as a shared attribute of humankind. Without this revolutionary shift, sponsorship would likely never have come about. The chapter then looks at how the rising middle classes grappled with vexed questions about adult sin among heathens and in their own communities. Ultimately, a productive tension between a growing theology of love and earlier ideas about sin became the engine driving thousands of nineteenth-century Americans to band together, announce their sins, make objects, save pennies, and adopt a child abroad.

Keywords:   evangelical theologies, human love, Divine Love, U.S. Christian globalism, U.S. Christians, childhood innocence, child sponsorship, middle classes, adult sin

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