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To Bring the Good News to All NationsEvangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations$
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Lauren Frances Turek

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501748912

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501748912.001.0001

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Religious Freedom and the New Evangelical Foreign Policy Lobby

Religious Freedom and the New Evangelical Foreign Policy Lobby

(p.72) Chapter 3 Religious Freedom and the New Evangelical Foreign Policy Lobby
To Bring the Good News to All Nations

Lauren Frances Turek

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores how evangelical internationalism developed into a focused vision for U.S. foreign relations that provided the foundation for political advocacy on a wide range of global issues by the late 1970s and early 1980s. It argues that a powerful evangelical foreign policy emerged in response to growing anxieties about developments in international relations. It also explains how evangelicals drew on their connections with coreligionists abroad and combined their spiritual beliefs with human rights language in order to build support among policymakers for the cause of international religious liberty. The chapter reflects the layered and multimodal nature of evangelical internationalist development and of the foreign policy challenges that evangelical activists confronted. It also reveals how evangelical leaders, missionaries, and interest groups drew on their political power and the international evangelical network to shape international relations and national policies in the United States, the Soviet Union, Guatemala, and South Africa.

Keywords:   evangelical internationalism, U.S. foreign relations, political advocacy, international relations, evangelicals, international religious liberty, international evangelical network

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