World History of Christianity

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Christianity is the most global of religions. However, most books on the subject fail to do justice to the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America. This prodigious work provides the first genuinely global one-volume study of the rise, development, and impact of the Christian faith. Written by an international team of specialists, this comprehensive volume covers the full breadth of Christian history while also taking seriously the geographical diversity of the story: extensive chapters cover North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, India, China and its neighbors, and Australia and the Pacific. Though unified in scope, these chapters each focus on what matters most in the specific time and place covered, ensuring that readers are introduced to the major themes—social, theological, political, and cultural—that together constitute Christianity's role in world history. Ideally suited for classroom study as well as for independent reading, A World History of Christianity will serve as the definitive study of church history for the coming generation worldwide. Contributors: Mary B. Cunningham Gillian Evans Robert E. Frykenberg Martin Goodman Adrian Hastings Mary Heimann David Hilliard Robert Bruce Mullin Andrew Pettegree Gary Tiedemann Philip Walters Benedicta Ward Kevin Ward
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This comprehensive volume looks at Christianity as it developed not only in North America and Europe but also in Africa, India, Latin America, China, and the Pacific.
CBA Marketplace
Although self-consciously scholarly, the essays are easy to read, often anecdotal, and remarkably thorough.
Heiko A. Oberman
I do not know of any other handbook, textbook, or encyclopedia that combines such wide geographical scope with such a remarkable depth of information and interpretation.
History: Reviews of New Books
"Adrian Hastings and the international team of scholars working with him have produced one of the most useful texts available for studying the history of Christianity in its various manifestations and expressions around the world. Designed for the classroom and as a reference work, A World History of Christianity takes the reader from the very beginnings of the Christian movement through to the 1990s.... The authors provide a balanced and inclusive overview of the development of Christianity through the centuries. The book also offers fascinating details and enlightening glimpses into the periods covered....Hastings and the authors are to be commended for presenting this varied material within a coherent and readable framework. Compared to other contemporary single or multivolume resources on the history of Christianity, this book is unparalleled in its ease of use and breadth of coverage."
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
The sure editorial hand of Adrian Hastings and the sturdy work of his contributors have combined to take an important step toward a genuinely global history of Christianity. Recent general histories have made increasingly sincere gestures toward this same goal. But the weight of convention has to date mostly prevented others from reflecting the world's current distribution of believers, where the demographic balance, but not yet the historiography, has shifted from North to South. This volume marks a breakthrough.... This unusually fine book closes with thirty-five pages of well-selected bibliography, ten helpful outline maps, and a full index of names and places.
Ameliorating the lack of coverage outside of the Europe and North America by most accounts of Christianity, provides a survey of its rise, development, and impact on a global level. The 13 essays consider emergence and early history, then focus on particular regions, including Byzantium, India, Africa, eastern Europe, Latin America, China, and Australasia and the Pacific as well as the traditional European eras. Maps and an extensive annotated bibliography are included. The collection is suitable for classrooms, as a reference, and for individual reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802848758
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 768,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

(1929-2001) Former professor emeritus of theology at the University of Leeds in England. A theologian and church historian, he wrote several books including A History of Christianity in Africa, A History of English Christianity, and The Church in Africa and edited A World History of Christianity and The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought. In recognition of his scholarly achievements he was proposed for election to a Fellowship of the British Academy, but died before the formal elections were held.
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Table of Contents

List of maps
The contributors
Introduction 1
1 The emergence of Christianity 7
2 150-550 25
3 The Orthodox Church in Byzantium 66
4 The medieval West 110
5 India 147
6 Africa 192
7 Reformation and Counter-Reformation 238
8 Eastern Europe since the fifteenth century 282
9 Latin America 328
10 China and its neighbours 369
11 North America 416
12 Christianity in Western Europe from the Enlightenment 458
13 Australasia and the Pacific 508
Bibliography 537
Maps 572
Index 582
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