• The Origin and Development of Prison Fellowship International: Pluralism, Ecumenism and American Leadership in the Evangelical World 1974–2006

    Author(s):
    Kendrick Oliver (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    United States, Religions, History, Evangelicalism--Study and teaching
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    American religious history, Evangelical studies, Religious studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KF8X
    Abstract:
    Established in 1979 by Watergate felon Charles Colson, Prison Fellowship International (PFI) is now one of the largest para-church organizations in world evangelicalism. This article explains PFI's origins with reference to the existence of a transnational evangelical network, the compatibility of PFI's mission with the emergent theme of evangelical social concern, and a general crisis of penology across a number of Western countries. It explores the creative tension between Colson's empire-building instincts and the desire of PFI affiliates to influence the direction of the organization, revealing the transactional manner in which American evangelicals exercised global leadership in the late twentieth century.
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