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Introducing World Christianity


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List of Illustrations vii List of Contributors viii Foreword ix Robert W. Hefner Acknowledgments xi Map 0.1 Percentage majority religion by province, 2010 xii Introduction 1 Charles E. Farhadian Part I: Africa 5 1 Middle Eastern and North African Christianity: Persisting in the Lands of Islam 7 Heather J. Sharkey 2 Christian Belongings in East Africa: Flocking to the Churches 21 Ben Knighton 3 West African Christianity: Padres, Pastors, Prophets, and Pentecostals 36 Ogbu Kalu 4 Christianity in Southern Africa: The Aesthetics of Well-Being 51 Frederick Klaits Part II: Europe 63 5 Christianity in Western Europe: Mission Fields, Old and New? 65 Simon Coleman 6 Christianity in Eastern Europe: A Story of Pain, Glory, Persecution, and Freedom 77 Peter Kuzmic Part III: Asia 91 7 Christianity in South Asia: Negotiating Religious Pluralism 93 Arun Jones 8 Christianity in Southeast Asia: Similarity and Difference in a Culturally Diverse Region 108 Barbara Watson Andaya 9 Christianity in East Asia: Evangelicalism and the March First Independence Movement in Korea 122 Timothy S. Lee Part IV: Americas 137 10 Christianity in North America: Changes and Challenges in a Land of Promise 139 Kevin J. Christiano 11 Central America and the Caribbean: Christianity on the Periphery 154 Virginia Garrard-Burnett 12 Christianity in Latin America: Changing Churches in a Changing Continent 171 Samuel Escobar 13 Brazilian Charisma: Pentecostalized Christianity in Latin America's Largest Nation 186 R. Andrew Chesnut Part V: The Pacific 201 14 Christianity in Australia and New Zealand: Faith and Politics in Secular Soil 203 Marion Maddox 15 Christianity in Polynesia: Transforming the Islands 218 Ian Breward 16 Christianity in Micronesia: The Interplay between Church and Culture 230 Francis X. Hezel 17 Christianity in Melanesia: Transforming the Warrior Spirit 244 Garry W. Trompf Conclusion: World Christianity - Its History, Spread, and Social Influence 259 Robert D. Woodberry Index 272

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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).


Any scholar wanting background information onChristianity in any region of the world will find this book veryhelpful. (Ecclesiastical History, 1 July2013) I do think, however, there is some merit in understandinghow the world views Christianity at large. Because of that, I dorecommend this resource with the qualification that the readerrealize that this book is painting with extremely large strokes theChristian faith. (Christian Book Notes, 1 July2013) It should prove to be a valuable resource for bothclassroom and specialist use. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates throughresearchers/faculty. (Choice, 1 October2012)

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