Whose Religion Is Christianity?: The Gospel beyond the West

Whose Religion Is Christianity?: The Gospel beyond the West

by Lamin Sanneh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802821642

ISBN-13: 9780802821645

Pub. Date: 10/09/2003

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Many historians of religion now recognize that Christianity is a global faith whose most vibrant expression and growth are found today in the non-Western world. But no one explores this reality and its implications for modern life with the depth of learning and personal insight of Lamin Sanneh.

This book is unique in the literature of world Christianity, not

Overview

Many historians of religion now recognize that Christianity is a global faith whose most vibrant expression and growth are found today in the non-Western world. But no one explores this reality and its implications for modern life with the depth of learning and personal insight of Lamin Sanneh.

This book is unique in the literature of world Christianity, not least for its novel structure. Sanneh's engaging narrative takes the form of a self-interview in which he asks questions about the cross-cultural expansion of Christianity and provides insightful answers and meaningful predictions about the future. This technique also allows Sanneh to track developments in world Christianity even while giving attention to the responses and involvement of indigenous peoples around the world.

Sanneh's own background and lifelong involvement with non-Western cultures bring a richness of perspective not found in any other book on world Christianity. For example, Sanneh highlights what is distinctive about Christianity as a world religion, and he offers a timely comparison of Christianity with Islam's own missionary tradition. The book also gives pride of place to the recipients of the Christian message rather than to the missionaries themselves. Indeed, Sanneh argues here that the gospel is not owned by the West and that the future of the tradition lies in its "world" character.

Literate, relevant, and highly original, Whose Religion Is Christianity? presents a stimulating new outlook on faith and culture that will interest a wide range of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802821645
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/09/2003
Pages:
150
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Christianity Uncovered: The Discovery of the Gospel beyond the West1
Chapter 1The Wind Blows Where It Wills: Christianity as a World Religion13
Part IThe Facts on the Ground14
Part IIWorld Christianity and Christendom: Parallels and Divergences21
Part IIIAssessment and Feedback: Prelude to the Future77
Chapter 2Christianity Reappropriated: The Bible and Its Mother Tongue Variations95
Part ITranslation and Renewal: The Holy and the Commonplace95
Part IIThe River and Its Tributaries: Theme and Continuities108
Select Bibliography131
Index137

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