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lengthy the dominant faith of the West, Christianity is now quickly changing into the central religion in a lot of the postcolonial world--a improvement that marks a momentous shift within the religion's very middle of gravity. during this eye-opening ebook, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this "post-Western awakening" and the unprecedented richness and variety, in addition to the stress and clash, it has delivered to global Christianity.

Tracing Christianity's upward thrust from its start at the fringe of the Roman empire--when it proclaimed itself to be a faith for the total global, not only for one humans, one time, and one place--to its key function in Europe's maritime and colonial enlargement, Sanneh sheds new gentle at the ways that post-Western societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin the USA have been drawn into the Christian orbit. finally, he exhibits, those societies outgrew Christianity's colonial kinds and restructured it via their very own languages and idioms--a method that frequently happened outdoor, and infrequently opposed to, the strains of denominational regulate. The influence of such alterations, Sanneh contends, has been profound, reworking not just worship, prayer, and the translation of Scripture, but in addition paintings, aesthetics, and tune linked to the church. In exploring this tale of Christianity's worldwide growth and its present resurgence within the non-Western global, Sanneh will pay shut consciousness to such matters because the faith's encounters with Islam and indigenous religions, in addition to with secular ideologies equivalent to Marxism and nationalism. He additionally considers the demanding situations that conservative, non-Western different types of Christianity pose to Western liberal values and Enlightenment ideas.

Here then is a groundbreaking learn of Christianity's function in cultural innovation and historic change--and needs to analyzing for all who're enthusiastic about the current and way forward for the faith.

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