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The World's Christians: Who they are, Where they are, and How they got there

The World's Christians: Who they are, Where they are, and How they got there

Douglas Jacobsen

ISBN: 978-1-118-29671-4

Mar 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

416 pages

$105.95

Description

Written by an award-winning author, this well-organized and comprehensive introduction to global Christianity illuminates the many ways the world's Christians live their faith today.
  • Covers the entire globe: Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as Europe, North America, and the Pacific
  • Provides impartial, in-depth descriptions of the world's four major Christian traditions: Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Pentecostal/Charismatic
  • Utilizes the best available sources to produce an up-to-date profile of demographic trends in the Christian population
  • Blends history, sociology, anthropology, and theology to create a rich, multi-layered analysis of the world Christian movement  
  • Features clear maps and 4-color illustrations throughout the volume  

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Preface.

Introduction.

Part I: Who They Are.

Introduction.

1 The Orthodox Tradition.

2 The Catholic Tradition.

3 The Protestant Tradition.

4 The Pentecostal/Charismatic Tradition.

Part II: Where They Are.

Introduction.

5 The Middle East and North Africa: Barely Surviving.

6 Eastern Europe: Nationalism and New Mission.

7 Central and South Asia: Confidence and Complexity.

8 Western Europe: Thin, but Alive.

9 Sub-Saharan Africa: Hope and Despair.

10 East Asia: Piety and Politics.

11 Latin America: After Monopoly.

12 North America: Faith in a Free Market.

13 Oceania: Experiments in Identity.

Part III: How They Got There.

Introduction.

14 The Ancient Tradition: Beginnings to 500.

15 The Great Division and the Age of the East: 500 to 1000.

16 The Rise of the West and Decline of the East: 1000 to 1500.

17 Christianity in a Global Era: 1500 to the Present.

Index.

"The result is a most useful comprehensive survey of Christianity, one that is especially appropriate for an introductory college course or a church study program. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, practitioners, and general readers." (Choice, 1 November 2011)
  • Written by an award-winning author, this global introduction to Christianity illuminates the many ways the world's Christians live out their faith today
  • Offers uniquely comprehensive geographical coverage, encompassing Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as Europe, North America, and the Pacific
  • Written in an even-handed way, providing impartial accounts of all four of the world's major Christian traditions: Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Pentecostal/Charismatic
  • Combines the best available sources to produce the most up-to-date numerical analysis of Christianity, offering fascinating demographic insights about Christian populations in different areas of the world
  • Uses a multi-disciplinary approach, which blends history, sociology, theology and cultural analysis
  • Features exceptionally clear maps and 4-color illustrations throughout