Relocating World Christianity

Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of Christianity


Existing scholarship on World Christianities tends to privilege the local and the regional. In addition to offering an explanation for this tendency, the editors and contributors of this volume also offer a new perspective. An Introduction, Afterword and case-studies argue for the importance of transregional connections in the study of Christianity worldwide. Returning to an older post-war conception of ‘World Christianity’ as an international, ecumenical fellowship, the present volume aims to highlight the universalist, globalising aspirations of many Christians worldwide. While we do not neglect the importance of the local, our aim is to give due weight to the significant transregional networks and exchanges that have constituted Christian communities, both historically and in the present day. Contributors are: J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Naures Atto, Joel Cabrita, Pedro Feitoza, David C. Kirkpatrick, Chandra Mallampalli, David Maxwell, Dorottya Nagy, Peter C. Phan Andrew Preston, Joel Robbins, Chloe Starr, Charlotte Walker-Said, Emma Wild-Wood.
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Biographical Note

Joel Cabrita, Ph.D. 2008, University of Cambridge, is a University Lecturer in World Christianities in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Her first book was a history of the production, use and reception of sacred texts Text and Authority in a South African Church (Cambridge University Press, 2012). David Maxwell D.Phil. 1994, University of Oxford is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. With Patrick Harries he co-edited The Spiritual in the Secular. Missionaries and Knowledge about Africa (2012). Emma Wild-Wood, Ph.D. 2005, University of Edinburgh, directs the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide and teaches in the Faculty of Divinity. She wrote Migration and Christian Identity in Congo (2008) and co-edited with Kevin Ward The East African Revival (2012).

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Contributors Introduction: Relocating World ChristianityJoel Cabrita and David Maxwell

Connections and Comparisons

1 Historical Perspectives on Christianity Worldwide: Connections, Comparisons and ConsciousnessDavid Maxwell 2 British Missions and the Making of a Brazilian Protestant PublicPedro Feitoza 3 Parachurch Competition in the Latin American Religious Marketplace: Scriptural Inerrancy and the Reshaping of Global Protestant EvangelicalismDavid C. Kirkpatrick

Locating Knowledge

4 Doing Theology in World Christianities: Old Tasks, New WaysPeter C. Phan 5 World Christianity as a Theological Approach: A Reflection on Central and Eastern EuropeDorottya Nagy 6 The Orientalist Framework of Christian Conversion in India: Three Venues of ‘Inducement’ from Colonial Times to the PresentChandra Mallampalli

Place and Belonging in World Christianity

7 Christian Social Movements in Cameroon at the End of Empire: Transnational Solidarities and the Communion of the World ChurchCharlotte Walker-Said 8 Maintaining Faith in the Chinese WorldChloë Starr 9 Anthropological Perspectives on World ChristianityJoel Robbins

Migration and Diaspora

10 Defender of the Faith: The United States and World ChristianityAndrew Preston 11 The Death Throes of Indigenous Christians in the Middle East: Assyrians Living Under the Islamic StateNaures Atto 12 Symbolising Charismatic Influence: Contemporary African Pentecostalism and its Global AspirationsJ. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu Afterword: Relocating Unity and Theology in the Study of World ChristianityEmma Wild-Wood Index


All interested in Christian missions and missiology and World Christianity, at undergraduate, graduate and specialist level. All interested in transregional or global studies within theology, missiology, history, anthropology and literary studies.