CHRISTIANITY REBORN

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CHRISTIANITY REBORN

The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Donald M. Lewis

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 evangelicalism's 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.

CONTENTS

  1. Introduction / Donald M. Lewis

  2. Evangelical identity in the eighteenth century / W.R. Ward

  3. Evangelical identity, power, and culture in the "great" nineteenth-century / Mark A. Noll

  4. Twentieth-century world Christianity: a perspective from the history of missions / Brian Stanley

  5. Conversion, commitment, and culture: Christian experience in China, 1949-99 / Philip Yuen-sang Leung

  6. Gospel, globalization, and Hindutva: the politics of "conversion" in India / Robert Eric Frykenberg

  7. "The Pacific is no longer a mission field?" Conversion in the South Pacific in the twentieth century / Allan K. Davidson

  8. Conversion and social change: a review of the "unfinished task" in West Africa / Jehu J. Hanciles

  9. African initiated churches in southern Africa: protest movements or mission churches? / Marthinus L. Daneel

  10. Contours of Latin American Pentecostalism / Paul Freston

  11. Evangelical expansion in global society / David Martin.

WHAT OTHER SCHOLARS ARE SAYING ...

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David Bebbington

Emeritus Professor of History

University of Stirling

"The growth of Christianity during the second half of the twentieth century is one of the most striking features of global history in that period. At midcentury, for example, there were thought to be around a million Christians in China; fifty years later there were supposed to be about twenty million. In Africa, there was an equivalent mushrooming, though it started with mass movements in the second decade of the century. This volume, edited by the Professor of Church History at Regent College, Vancouver, chronicles something of the transformation, which hitherto has been better known from statistics than from explanatory analyses ... [This book] documents more fully than any previous work what Andrew Walls has been proclaiming for many years: the transfer of the fulcrum of world Christianity southwards."

FULL LENGTH REVIEWS OF THE BOOK

  1. Anderson, Allan H. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 56, no. 3 (July 2005): 636–37.

  2. Bebbington, David. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Studies in World Christianity 11, no. 1 (2005): 144–45.

  3. Blessing, Joseph M. “Christianity Reborn.” Methodist Review 112 (January 1929): 141–42.

  4. Burkinshaw, Robert K. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Journal of the Canadian Church Historical Society 51, no. 1–2 (2013): 58–62.

    • “an important and very welcome contribution to understanding the spread and nature of global Christianity.”

  5. Carver, William Owen. “Christianity Reborn.” Review & Expositor 26, no. 1 (January 1929): 96–97.

  6. Conway, John Seymour. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Crux 41, no. 1 (2005): 37–40.

  7. Harper, George W (George Walter). “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48, no. 2 (June 2005): 407–10.

  8. Hedlund, Roger E. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Missiology 33, no. 3 (July 2005): 351–351.

  9. Henley, James W. “Christianity Reborn.” The Methodist Quarterly Review (1922) 78, no. 3 (July 1929): 509–509.

  10. Jongeneel, J. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Exchange 33, no. 4 (2004): 404–5.

  11. L. Poston. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions).” Evangelical Missions Quarterly 41 (January 1, 2005): 116–116.

  12. L.M. Fabrycky. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions).” Brandywine Review of Faith & International Affairs 2 (January 1, 2004): 57–61.

  13. W. Svelmoe. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions).” International Bulletin of Missionary Research 29 (October 1, 2005): 213–14.

  14. Whaling, Frank. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” Epworth Review 32, no. 1 (January 2005): 79–80.

  15. Young, Richard Fox. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century.” The Journal of Presbyterian History 87, no. 2 (2009): 86–86.

  16. G.W. Harper. “Christianity Reborn: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the Twentieth Century. (Studies in the History of Christian Missions).” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (September 1, 2006): 638–39.

    • "This excellent volume is part of an important series, Studies in the History of Christian Missions, edited for Eerdmans by Frykenberg and Stanley. I have already added it to the list of textbooks for my course on global evangelicalism. If you teach such a course, you should do the same. If you do not teach such a course, perhaps you should."