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The Changing Face of Christianity : Africa, the West, and the World - Lamin Sanneh

The Changing Face of Christianity

Africa, the West, and the World

By: Lamin Sanneh (Editor), Joel A. Carpenter (Editor)

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Published: 9th February 2005
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Over the past century, Christianity's place and role in the world have changed dramatically. In 1900, 80 percent of the world's Christians lived in Europe and North America. Today, more than 60 percent of the world's Christians live outside of that region. This change calls for a reexamination of the way the story of Christianity is told, the methodological tools for its analysis, and its modes of expression. Perhaps most significant is the role of Africa as the new Christian heartland. The questions and answers about Christianity and its contemporary mission now being developed in the African churches will have enormous influence in the years to come. This volume offers nine new essays addressing this sea-change and its importance for the future of Christianity. Some contributions consider the development of "non-Western" forms of Christianity, others look at the impact of these new Christianities in the West. The authors cover a wide range of topics, from the integration of witchcraft and Christianity in Nigeria and the peacemaking role of churches in Mozambique to the American Baptist reception of Asian Christianity. The Changing Face of Christianity shows the striking cultural differences between the new world Christianity and its western counterpart. But with so many new immigrants in Europe and North America, the faith's fault lines are not purely geographical. The new Christianity now thrives in American and European settings, and northerners need to know this faith better. At stake is their ability to be good neighbors-and perhaps to be good Christian citizens of the world.

Introduction : the changing face of Christianity : the cultural impetus of a world religionp. 3
Religion bridge : translating secular into sacred music : a study of world Christianity focusing on the U.S. Virgin Islandsp. 21
Culture, Christianity, and witchcraft in a West African contextp. 45
Shall they till with their own hoes? : Baptists in Zimbabwe and new patterns of interdependence, 1950-2000p. 63
A view of Ghana's new Christianityp. 81
The role of churches in the peace process in Africa : the case of Mozambique comparedp. 97
Christian witness in the public sphere : some lessons and residual challenges from the recent political history of Ghanap. 117
Interpreting Karen Christianity : the American Baptist reaction to Asian Christianity in the nineteenth centuryp. 135
Missionary thinking about religiuos plurality at Tambaram 1938 : Hendrik Kraemer and his criticsp. 159
Contextual theology : the last frontierp. 191
Conclusion : the current transformation of Christianityp. 213
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ISBN: 9780195177282
ISBN-10: 0195177282
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 9th February 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.05