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The Changing Face of ChristianityAfrica, the West, and the World$
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Lamin Sanneh and Joel A. Carpenter

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195177282.001.0001

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The Changing Face of Christianity:

The Changing Face of Christianity:

The Cultural Impetus of a World Religion

(p.3) Introduction The Changing Face of Christianity:
The Changing Face of Christianity

Lamin Sanneh (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This essay provides the global context for the local studies that follow: the emergence of Christianity as a world religion, its rising prominence in the global south and east and its waning influence and adherence in the North Atlantic region. Sanneh highlights the cultural repositioning of African Christianity and Asian Christianity away from their old intellectual and political cradle in Europe. These new forms of “world Christianity” are expressed in more languages, cultural traditions and models of faith and practice than ever before, and they are engaged in a growing cultural conflict with European Christianity and its expressions in North America. This interdisciplinary study shows that expounding the story of world Christianity requires new combinations of scholarly skills and experience.

Keywords:   African Christianity, Asian Christianity, European Christianity, cultural conflict, interdisciplinary, world Christianity, world religion

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