Provides readers with an overall insight into and analysis of Christianity became a genuinely worldwide faith in the 20th century for the first time. Written for 2nd and 3rd year university students and in seminaries, the book maps out the development of Christianity towards genuinely becoming a world religion.
A history of unparalleled scope that charts the global transformation of Christianity during an age of profound political and cultural change Christianity in the Twentieth Century charts the transformation of one of the world's great religions during an age marked by world wars, genocide, nationalism, decolonization, and powerful ideological currents, many of them hostile to Christianity. Written by a leading scholar of world Christianity, the book traces how Christianity evolved from a religion defined by the culture and politics of Europe to the expanding polycentric and multicultural faith it is today--one whose growing popular support is strongest in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, China, and other parts of Asia. Brian Stanley sheds critical light on themes of central importance for understanding the global contours of modern Christianity, illustrating each one with contrasting case studies, usually taken from different parts of the world. Unlike other books on world Christianity, this one is not a regional survey or chronological narrative, nor does it focus on theology or ecclesiastical institutions. Rather, Stanley provides a history of Christianity as a popular faith experienced and lived by its adherents, telling a compelling and multifaceted story of Christendom's fortunes in Europe, North America, and across the rest of the globe. Transnational in scope and drawing on the latest scholarship, Christianity in the Twentieth Century demonstrates how Christianity has had less to fear from the onslaughts of secularism than from the readiness of Christians themselves to accommodate their faith to ideologies that privilege racial identity or radical individualism.
Proceedings of the Third International Munich-Freising Conference on the History of Christianity in the Non-Western World (September 15-17, 2004)
Author: Klaus Koschorke
Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag
The map of global Christianity continues to undergo dramatic changes, and on this map Africa comes to the fore. The proceedings of the Third International Conference at Munich-Freising on the History of Christianity in the Non-Western World seek to respond to the growing importance of Africa in the context of World Christianity. Prominent scholars from Africa and Europe deal with the manifold manifestations of African Christianity in the 20th century and the various ways in which "African" and "Christian" identities were formulated and interacted with each other. The negotiation of the local and the global in the process of forming African churches is discussed, as is the question of the impact of internal African debates and developments on global ecumenical discussions. From the table of contents (16 contributions): O.U. Kalu, A Trail of Ferment in African Christianity. Ethiopianism, Prophetism, PentecostalismK. Ward, African identities in the historic 'Mainline Churches'. A case study of the negotiation of local and global within African AnglicanismA. Anderson, African Independent Churches and Global Pentecostalism. Historical Connections and Common IdentitiesE. Kamphausen, 'African Cry'. Anmerkungen zur Entstehungsgeschichte einer kontextuellen Befreiungstheologie in AfrikaA. Adamavi-Aho Ekue, Troubled but not destroyed. The development of African Theologies and the paradigm of the 'Theology of reconstruction'K. Hock, Appropriated Vibrancy. 'Immediacy' as a Formative Element in African Theologies
The book describes the challenge of modernity faced by Muslims and Christians and the issue of religious pluralism. It describes Muslims' encounters with Christianity in the first half of this century and their participation in organised dialogues initiated by the Churches in the second half. It highlights their apprehensions and expectations in dialogue and issues of co-existence in the world today. The book focuses on six prominent Muslim personalities who represent a wide spectrum of Muslim opinion and three international organizations and their attitude towards dialogue.
African Initiated Christianity in the 20th Century
Author: Allan Anderson
This studay provides an overview of the numerous African initiated churches that came into being during the 20th century in the various different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Written by an acknowledged expert on Christianity in Africa, it also examines the reasons for the emergence of these religious centres that have resulted from the interaction between Christianity and African pre-Christian religions.