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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to World Christianity

Lamin Sanneh (Editor), Michael McClymond (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-55439-5
784 pages
March 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Christianity presents a collection of essays that explore a range of topics relating to the rise, spread, and influence of Christianity throughout the world.

  • Features contributions from renowned scholars of history and religion from around the world
  • Addresses the origins and global expansion of Christianity over the course of two millennia
  • Covers a wide range of themes relating to Christianity, including women, worship, sacraments, music, visual arts, architecture, and many more
  • Explores the development of Christian traditions over the past two centuries across several continents and the rise in secularization
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

1. Introduction
Lamin Sanneh and Michael J. McClymond

I. Historical Section

A. The Roots (50 - 1750 C.E.)

2. Jewish and Hellenic Worlds and Christian Origins
John J. Collins

3. The “Triumph” of Hellenization in Early Christianity
Wendy Elgersma Helleman

4. Ancient Eastern Christianity: Syria, Persia, Central Asia, and India
Scott W. Sunquist

5. Christianity and the European Conversions
Tomas O’Sullivan

6. Byzantium and Islam in the Mediterranean World
James C. Skedros

7. The Medieval Synthesis: Religion, Society, and Culture
Joseph P. Huffmann

8. Early Modern Missions and Maritime Expansion
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

9. Bibles, Printing, Books, Churches
Lori Ferrell

10. The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Reformation
Jeffrey Klaiber

B. Issues in the Modern Period (1750 - 2000 C.E.)

11. The Legacy of Christendom
Philip Jenkins

12. Slavery, Antislavery, and Christianity: Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

13. Medicine, Agriculture, and Technology in the Missionary Enterprise
Christopher Grundmann

14. Schools and Education in the Missionary Enterprise
Norman Etherington

15. Conversion, Converts, and National Identity
Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

16. Church and State Relations in the Colonial Period
Brian Stanley

17. New Ideologies and Christian Responses
Govert Buijs

18. The Ecumenical Movement
Jan van Butselaar

19. Vatican II: Renewal, Accommodation, Inculturation
Peter Phan

20. Healing, Glossolalia, Prophecy, and Exorcism
Michael J. McClymond

II. Thematic Section

21. Bible Translation, Culture, and Religion
Lamin Sanneh

22. Christianity and Inter-Religious Encounters
Martin Ganeri

23. Women in Church, State, and Society
Angelyn Dries

24. Worship, Liturgy, Sacraments
Geoffrey Wainwright

25. Freedom, Persecution, and the Status of Christian Minorities
John Witte, Jr. and M. Christian Green

26. Christianity and “Western Classical” Music
David Martin

27. Music in World Christianity
Brian Schrag

28. Visual Arts in World Christianity
Volker Kuster

29. Church Architecture Worldwide
David Bains

30. Revival and Renewal Movements
Michael J. McClymond

31. Changing Uses of Old and New Media
Jolyon Mitchell and Jeremy Kidwell

32. Global Evangelical and Pentecostal Politics
Paul Freston

III. Christianity Since 1800: An Analysis by Regions and Traditions

33. The Middle East and North Africa

I. Egypt and North Africa
George Berbary

II. Christians in the Ottoman Empire and in Bilad al-Sham
Souad al-Rousse Slim

34. African Christianity: Historical and Thematic Horizons
Lamin Sanneh

35. Western Europe
Simon Coleman

36. Russia and Eastern Europe
Scott Kenworthy

37. Latin America and the Caribbean
Stephen Dove

38. North America
Amanda Porterfield

39. South Asia
Chandra Mallampalli

40. China
Daniel Bays

41. Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia
J. Nelson Jennings and Yong Kyu Park

42. Australia and New Zealand
Stuart Piggin and Peter Lineham

43. Oceania
Manfred Ernst and Anna Anisi

44. Roman Catholicism
Thomas Rausch

45. Orthodoxy and Eastern Christianity
John A. McGuckin

46. Anglicanism
Kevin Ward

47. Protestantism
Alister McGrath

48. Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity
Allan Anderson

49. Indigenous and Vernacular Christianity
Michèle Miller Sigg, Eva M. Pascal, and Gina A. Zurlo

IV. Expansion and Secularization: A Demographic and Statistical Analysis

50. The Transmission of Christian Faith: A Reflection
Andrew Walls

51. The Demographics and Dynamics of Christian Expansion
Todd M. Johnson

52. Christianity in Europe and North America: Decline, Transition, or Pluralization?
David Martin

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Author Information

Lamin Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity and of History at Yale University. He is the author of more than 200 articles and a dozen books on Islam and Christianity.

Michael McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He is the author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (2004), editor of The Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America (2007), and co-author of The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (2012).
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