Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity

This book inaugurates a new series, Oxford Studies in World Christianity, to be edited by Lamin O. Sanneh. The “pillars” of Sanneh’s subtitle not only provide the themes for this book but also anticipate works of greater depth and specificity to come later in the series. With Andrew Walls, Philip Jenkins and Dana Robert (all on the series’ editorial board), Sanneh has been among the most persuasive advocates for a new conception of Christian faith based on the new geography of Christian adherence. If more believers worship Sunday by Sunday in the Congo than in Canada, if churches in China are fuller than churches in Europe, if missionaries from Brazil, Korea and Nigeria are becoming more numerous than missionaries from the “Christian West,” then, says Sanneh, it is supremely important to understand how, where and why Christianity has become the first truly global religion.

 

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