Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity / Edition 1by Lamin O. Sanneh
Pub. Date: 11/30/2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Long the dominant religion of the West, Christianity is now rapidly becoming the principal faith in much of the postcolonial worlda development that marks a momentous shift in the religion's very center of gravity. In this eye-opening book, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this "post-Western awakening" and the unparalleled richness and diversity,… See more details below
Long the dominant religion of the West, Christianity is now rapidly becoming the principal faith in much of the postcolonial worlda development that marks a momentous shift in the religion's very center of gravity. In this eye-opening book, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this "post-Western awakening" and the unparalleled richness and diversity, as well as the tension and conflict, it has brought to World Christianity.
Tracing Christianity's rise from its birth on the edge of the Roman empirewhen it proclaimed itself to be a religion for the entire world, not just for one people, one time, and one placeto its key role in Europe's maritime and colonial expansion, Sanneh sheds new light on the ways in which post-Western societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America were drawn into the Christian orbit. Ultimately, he shows, these societies outgrew Christianity's colonial forms and restructured it through their own languages and idiomsa process that often occurred outside, and sometimes against, the lines of denominational control. The effect of such changes, Sanneh contends, has been profound, transforming not only worship, prayer, and the interpretation of Scripture, but also art, aesthetics, and music associated with the church. In exploring this story of Christianity's global expansion and its current resurgence in the non-Western world, Sanneh pays close attention to such issues as the faith's encounters with Islam and indigenous religions, as well as with secular ideologies such as Marxism and nationalism. He also considers the challenges that conservative, non-Western forms of Christianity pose to Western liberal values and Enlightenment ideas.
Here then is a groundbreaking study of Christianity's role in cultural innovation and historical changeand must reading for all who are concerned with the present and future of the faith.
Table of Contents
Introducing the Oxford Series xix
Whither Christianity? 13
The Christian Movement in Islamic Perspective 57
Old World Precedents and New World Directions 89
The Yogi and the Commissar 131
Pillar of Charismatic Renewal 163
Resurgence and the New Order in West Africa 185
Civilization and the Limits of Mission 217
Christian Awakening and the New China 243
Select Bibliography 321
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