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Moral AmbitionMobilization and Social Outreach in Evangelical Megachurches$
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Omri Elisha

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267503

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267503.001.0001

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Taking the (Inner) City for God

Taking the (Inner) City for God

(p.183) Chapter 7 Taking the (Inner) City for God
Moral Ambition

Omri Elisha

University of California Press

The chapter explores the religious and cultural significance of the inner city for white suburban and socially engaged evangelicals, linking it to coterminous evangelical concerns regarding the status of “the city” as an outpost of the Kingdom of God on Earth, and the importance (and difficulty) of achieving racial reconciliation, social harmony, and urban community development as markers of the kingdom. It begins with a discussion of the essential yet polysemic concept of the Kingdom of God, and the ways that evangelicals imagine its social implications while trying to work with and around its ambiguous temporal connotations. Furthermore, it discusses the sense of exilic consciousness expressed among suburban evangelicals in relation to the city, that is, their complicated sense of being exiles from the urban center, with its moral and social dysfunction, and how this informs their belief that they are all the more spiritually obliged, and qualified, to advance the welfare of the inner city.

Keywords:   city, social harmony, suburban evangelicals, social dysfunction, Kingdom of God, inner city

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