Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History
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...
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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.
Brian Stanley will be chair of World Christianity and director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh, effective January 1, 2009. Stanley is currently director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity in the Cambridge Theological Federation Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the Study of Mission and World Christianity and fellow of St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge.
An international authority on the missionary movement, he is the author of The History of the Baptist Missionary Society, 1792-1992, Missions, Nationalism, and the End of Empire, and The Bible and the Flag: Protestant Missions and British Imperialism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.