Introducing World Christianity

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Charles E. Farhadian
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 20, 2012 - Religion - 280 pages
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This interdisciplinary introduction offers students a truly globaloverview of the worldwide spread and impact of Christianity. It isenriched throughout by detailed historic and ethnographic material,showing how broad themes within Christianity have been adopted andadapted by Christian denominations within each major region of theworld.
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the spread and impact ofworld Christianity
  • Contains studies from every major region of the world,including Africa, Asia, Latin America, the North Atlantic, andOceania
  • Brings together an international team of contributors fromhistory, sociology, and anthropology, as well as religiousstudies
  • Examines the significant social, cultural, and politicaltransformations in contemporary societies brought about through theinfluence of Christianity
  • Discusses Protestant, Evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox formsof the faith
  • Features useful maps and illustrations
  • Combines broader discussions with detailed regional analysis,creating an invaluable introduction to world Christianity
 

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Christianity has revolutionized world culture. Ideals such as equality, liberty and fraternity are the legacy of Christianity. Christian ideology was behind Magna Carta. French, American and Russian revolutions sprang up because of Biblical ideals. Farhadian has given a vivid picture of the impact of Christianity in molding European culture. 

Contents

Persisting in the Lands of Islam
7
Flocking to the Churches
21
Padres Pastors Prophets and Pentecostals
36
The Aesthetics of WellBeing
51
Mission Fields Old and New?
65
A Story of Pain Glory Persecution and Freedom
77
Negotiating Religious Pluralism
93
Similarity and Difference in a Culturally Diverse Region
108
Changing Churches in a Changing Continent
171
Pentecostalized Christianity in Latin Americas Largest Nation
186
Faith and Politics in Secular Soil
203
Transforming the Islands
218
The Interplay between Church and Culture
230
Transforming the Warrior Spirit
244
World Christianity Its History Spread and Social Influence
259
Index
272

Changes and Challenges in a Land of Promise
139
Christianity on the Periphery
154

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Charles E. Farhadian is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College, Santa Barbara. His books include Christianity, Islam, and Nationalism in Indonesia (2005), The Testimony Project: Papua (2007), Christian Worship Worldwide (2007), and The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion (co-edited with Lewis R. Rambo, 2012).

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