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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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Globalism, Made and Remade

Globalism, Made and Remade

(p.226) Conclusion Globalism, Made and Remade
Christian Globalism at Home

Hillary Kaell

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter argues that one can pinpoint a broad pattern in U.S. Christianity: globalism operates in the unstable space between God-scale immensity and human-scale particularity. It is the dialogical relation between immensity and particularity that gives globalism its tensile strength and creates highly effective tools for engaged empathy, as attested by the billions of dollars that American individuals give to overseas projects each year. Christian globalism yearns for a certain kind of future. In its modern American form, these expectant hopes are inseparable from intimate human relations that are understood as an expression of, and channel for, the ultimate relation of human beings to their common Creator. This is what has driven U.S. Christians at home to support children abroad for more than 200 years. These are the aspirations, sometimes ineffable, often bodily and concrete, that make and remake global subjects.

Keywords:   U.S. Christianity, globalism, overseas projects, Christian globalism, human relations, U.S. Christians, child sponsorship

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