Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century

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Donald M. Lewis
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 324 pages
"Christianity Reborn" provides the first transnational in-depth analysis of the global expansion of evangelical Protestantism during the past century. While the growth of evangelical Christianity in the non-Western world has already been documented, the significance of this book lies in its scholarly treatment of that phenomenon.

Written by prominent historians of religion, these chapters explore the expansion of evangelical (including charismatic) Christianity in non-English-speaking lands, with special reference to dynamic indigenous responses. The range of locations covered includes western and southern Africa, eastern and southern Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. The concluding essay provides a sociological account of evangelicalismbs success, highlighting its ability to create a multiplicity of faith communities suited to very different ethnic, racial, and geographical regions.

At a time of great interest in the growth of Christianity in the non-Western world, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of what may be another turning point in the historical development of evangelical faith.

Contributors: Marthinus L. Daneel
Allan K. Davidson
Paul Freston
Robert Eric Frykenberg
Jehu J. Hanciles
Philip Yuen-sang Leung
Donald M. Lewis
David Martin
Mark A. Noll
Brian Stanley
W. R. Ward

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
SECTION I
9
Evangelical Identity in the Eighteenth Century
11
Evangelical Identity Power and Culture in the Great Nineteenth Century
31
TwentiethCentury World Christianity A Perspective from the History of Missions
52
SECTION II
85
Conversion Commitment and Culture Christian Experience in China 194999
87
Gospel Globalization and Hindutva The Politics of Conversion in India
108
Conversion and Social Change A Rev1ew of the Unf1nished Task in West Africa
157
African Initiated Churches in Southern Africa Protest Movements or Mission Churches?
181
SECTION IV
219
Contours of Latin American Pentecostalism
221
SECTION V
271
Evangelical Expansion in Global Society
273
Bibliography
295
Index
319

The Pacif1c Is No Longer a Mission Field? Conversion in the South Pacific in the Twentieth Century
133
SECTION III
155

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