A World History of Christianity

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Adrian Hastings
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 5, 2000 - Religion - 608 pages
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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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Though this work is a bit dry, as I expected, it gives an excellent perspective of the history of Christianity as a movement. It is full of primary source material, and gives great depth as a supplement to a Church History course book. Read full review

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This superb volume provides the first genuinely global one-volume history of the rise and development of the Christian faith. An international team of specialists takes seriously the geographical diversity of the Christian story, discussing the impact of Christianity not only in the West but also in Latin America, Africa, India, the Orient, and Australasia.  

Contents

The Russian religious renaissance of the late nineteenth century
308
19201990
311
The Churches in the interwar Balkans
312
Russian Christianity under Communism
314
Balkan Christianity under Communism
319
PostCommunist Christianity
321
Latin America
328
The first hundred and fifty years of Latin American Catholicism
330

the revival of the Christian Roman Empire
68
The seventh century and Monothelitism
74
The Iconoclast controversy 726843
77
The revival of monasticism and the patriarchate of Photios
81
Ninthcentury missions to the Slavs and the emergence of the Slavic Churches
82
The tenth eleventh and twelfth centuries
86
The first four Crusades 10971204
94
The period of Latin occupation 120461
97
The Slavic Churches in the last centuries of Byzantium
99
The Palaeologan period 12611453
101
Conclusion
105
The medieval West
110
Spreading Christianity through northern Europe
111
The Bible and the Church
119
Church and state and papal authority
122
sanctity feasts and sacraments
125
Religious life prayer and mysticism
131
The Church and war
137
Education and theology
139
Reform and revolution
141
India
147
the Thomas Christians
148
Responses to the Padroado and Propaganda Fide
157
Evangelical and Enlightenment impulses
172
Challenges under the Raj
179
The continent since 1947
188
Africa
192
Egypt North Africa Nubia and Islam
193
Ethiopia
197
The kingdom of Kongo and the Portuguese missionary enterprise
200
The revival of mission in the nineteenth century
203
South Africa
209
Eastern Africa
213
Colonial and missionary scrambles
216
education and adaptation
218
The rise of independent Churches
221
Other movements of spiritual renewal
223
Decolonialization
226
Christianity and the politics of independent Africa
228
African theology
231
Conclusion
233
Reformation and CounterReformation
238
Luther and Germany
243
The Reformation outside Germany
248
Calvinism and religious warfare in the second half of the sixteenth century
257
Later Lutheranism and the second Reformation
266
Catholic reform
270
The seventeenth century and the resolution of the Reformation conflict
277
Eastern Europe since the fifteenth century
282
14531700
284
Russia and its Church
290
17001920
296
The Caucasus between Russians and Ottomans
301
Balkan Christians in a declining Ottoman Empire
303
16501780
343
revolutions and reactions
349
The twentieth century
357
China and its neighbours
369
The planting of Christianity 15001800
373
The Philippines
374
The rise and fall of Christianity in late medieval Japan
375
Late imperial China
377
The origins of the Church in Vietnam
384
18001945
386
From mission to Church in modern China
390
the second encounter
399
Korea
402
1945 onwards
405
Postcolonial Southeast Asia
408
South Korea
409
Concluding comments
411
North America
416
Seventeenthcentury beginnings
417
New challenges
421
Wars and the Great Awakening
422
The Second Great Awakening
428
Canadian developments
432
Catholics and controversy
433
The problem of slavery and division
436
Crisis dayshalcyon days
440
The Social Gospel
443
organization and union
444
Challenges for the soul of America
446
Let the Church be the Church
449
The PostWar Revival
451
The 1960s and the second disestablishment
452
Christianity in North America at the end of the twentieth century
455
Christianity in Western Europe from the Enlightenment
458
Enlightenment
459
Rational religion
465
The unenlightened
471
Revolution and reaction
477
Liberalism
485
Science and religion
490
Pluralism and diffusion
497
Australasia and the Pacific
508
Christian beginnings in Australia
509
Christianity in the Pacific Islands
511
Christianity in New Zealand
516
Adaptation and innovation
518
Church and society
526
The Pacific Churches since the Second World War
529
Recent trends in Australia and New Zealand
531
Bibliography
537
Maps
572
Index
582
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(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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