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Moral Ambition: Mobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches

Omri Elisha


This ethnography examines the hopes, frustrations, and activist strategies of American evangelical Christians as they engage socially with local communities. Focusing on two Tennessee megachurches, it reaches beyond political controversies over issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, and public prayer to highlight the ways that evangelicals at the grassroots of the Christian Right promote faith-based causes intended to improve the state of social welfare. The book shows how these ministries both help churchgoers embody religious virtues and create provocative new opportunities for evangeli ... More

Keywords: evangelical Christians, Tennessee, megachurches, abortion, same-sex marriage, public prayer, evangelicals, Christian Right, social welfare, U.S. evangelicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267503
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267503.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Omri Elisha, author