History of the World Christian Movement Volume II

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2013 Catholic Press Association Book Award: History (2nd Place)

"A significant contribution to the burgeoning field of World Christianity . . . . an outstanding book which is undoubtedly going to rank among the classics in the field and shape the academic discussion in the years to come."--Exchange

The first volume of this ground-breaking history traced the development of Christianity from its origins up to the midfifteenth century, and won immediate acclaim as a landmark in the unfolding understanding of World Christianity. In place of conventional Eurocentric treatments, this work assigned a rightful place to the peoples of Africa, Asia, and the Near East in the unfolding of Christianity, a religion constantly evolving in dialogue with new cultures, new questions, and new historical influences. Volume II continues the story up to the dawn of the twentieth Century. Beginning with the missionary expansion of the fifteenth century, the story goes on to trace the fracturing of the Christian movement among Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant versions; the impact of modern colonialism and the emergence of a new global reality; the wars of religion, the impact of the Enlightenment, the rise of Christianity in North America, and the modern missionary movement. Throughout, the authors emphasize the expression of local forms of Christianity in diverse cultures, and the role of Christianity in helping to shape distinct national identities. They conclude with a forecast of a new century of globalization.

Dale T. Irvin is president of New York Theological Seminary and professor of World Christianity. He is the author of Christian Histories, Christian Traditioning (1998).

Scott W. Sunquist is Dean, School of Intercultural Studies and Professor of World Christianity, Fuller Theological Seminary, and lead editor of The Dictionary of Asian Christianity (Eerdmans, 2001).

Book Details

History of the World Christian Movement - Vol. II
Volume II: Modern Christianity from 1454-1800
Dale T. Irvin
Scott W. Sunquist
The scope and presentation of an alternative history by Irvin and Sunquist makes this volume an essential introduction to this period for missiologists, historians and interested others.
... a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of World Christianity. Irvin and Sunquist produced an outstanding book which is undoubtedly going to rank amount the classics in the field and shape the academic discussion in the years to come.
... an important and essential text not only for missiologists and missioners, but general readers who wish to be more conversant with the history of Christian mission, a history which is also a history of Christian churches.
This book is the long-awaited companion to the first volume. My suggestion to this: By all means get this book and read it. The book will open your mind to aspects and areas of Christianity that you scarcely knew to exist, and should.
". . . a tremendous amuont of fresh information. . . For what they have already accomplished in two volumes to make "the history of Christianity" relevant for the contemporary situation, Scott Sunquist and Dale Irvin are owed much thanks. They have now created real anticipation for Volume III, where they take up the daunting challenge of charting the complex course of the last two centuries."
"...especially strong in the movement of Orthodox Christianity...The growth of Christianity within Africa is also of great value here. Note especially the discussion of the interplay of Roman Catholic Christianity and Coptic Christianity in Egypt and Ethiopia, as well as the relationships of Latin Christianity and Orthodoxy through the Near East and Eastern Europe...recommended for those libraries and individuals owning Volume 1."
"...admirably balanced in its coverage. This reviewer knows of no better introduction to the history of global Christianity during the period in question. This volume is well suited for college and university classes and other similar contexts. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
"...a valuable contribution to the ongoing task of recovering Christianity in its universal and local dimensions as a world movement and a translatable faith."
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