By Lamin O. Sanneh

lengthy the dominant faith of the West, Christianity is now swiftly turning 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 booklet, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this "post-Western awakening" and the extraordinary richness and variety, in addition to the strain and clash, it has delivered to global Christianity.

Tracing Christianity's upward thrust from its delivery at the fringe of the Roman empire--when it proclaimed itself to be a faith for the full international, not only for one humans, one time, and one place--to its key function in Europe's maritime and colonial enlargement, Sanneh sheds new mild at the ways that post-Western societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin the United States have been drawn into the Christian orbit. finally, he indicates, those societies outgrew Christianity's colonial varieties and restructured it via their very own languages and idioms--a strategy that regularly happened outdoors, and infrequently opposed to, the traces of denominational keep watch over. The impression of such adjustments, Sanneh contends, has been profound, remodeling not just worship, prayer, and the translation of Scripture, but in addition artwork, aesthetics, and tune linked to the church. In exploring this tale of Christianity's international enlargement and its present resurgence within the non-Western global, Sanneh can pay shut awareness to such concerns because the faith's encounters with Islam and indigenous religions, in addition to with secular ideologies resembling Marxism and nationalism. He additionally considers the demanding situations that conservative, non-Western sorts of Christianity pose to Western liberal values and Enlightenment ideas.

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

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