Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity

Historical Studies in Honour of Brian Stanley


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‘Ecumenism’ and ‘independency’ suggest two distinct impulses in the history of Christianity: the desire for unity, co-operation, connectivity, and shared belief and practice, and the impulse for distinction, plurality, and contextual translation. Yet ecumenism and independency are better understood as existing in critical tension with one another. They provide a way of examining changes in World Christianity. Taking their lead from the internationally acclaimed research of Brian Stanley, in whose honour this book is published, contributors examine the entangled nature of ecumenism and independency in the modern global history of Christianity. They show how the scrutiny afforded by the attention to local, contextual approaches to Christianity outside the western world, may inform and enrich the attention to transnational connectivity.

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Alexander Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theology and World Christianity in the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, and is co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. He is co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and is editor of the Chinese Christianities Series (University of Notre Dame Press). He is author of two books, most recently Chinese Public Theology: Generational Shifts and Confucian Imagination in Chinese Christianity (Oxford 2018).

Emma Wild-Wood is Senior lecturer in African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions and co-director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Previously she taught in DR Congo, Uganda and Cambridge, UK. She is co-editor of the journal Studies in World Christianity and co-editor of the book series Religion in Transforming Africa published by James Currey. Her latest book is The Mission of Apolo Kivebulaya: Religious Change in the African Great Lakes, c. 1870-1835 (James Currey 2020).
& Notes on Contributors

 Introduction: Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity
  Emma Wild-Wood

1 Brian Stanley: Scholar of World Christian History
  David Bebbington

Part 1: Studying World Christianity 2 1899–1900: Ecumenism and Independency in the Emerging World History of Christianity
  Mark Noll

3 Independency in Ecumenical Christianity
  David M. Thompson

4 Mission: Integrated or Autonomous? Implications for the Study of World Christianity
  Kirsteen Kim

5 Evangelical Revivals in Twentieth Century Christianity: Reflections on the East African Revival in the Light of Revivals in East Asia
  Kevin Ward

6 Creation Care in Latin America: Lessons from Catholics and Evangélicos
  Allen Yeh

Part 2: Christians Working Together 7 The Missionary Concerns of Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Leeds, in the Victorian Era
  David Bebbington

8 Baptist Students in Cambridge: Denominational and Ecumenical Identities, from the 1920s to the 1940s
  Ian Randall

9 ‘You are old, Father William’: Generational Abrasiveness in the Missionary Movement
  Andrew F. Walls

10 Field Workers and Mission Leaders in Tension: Practical Ecumenism in the Shanxi Mission
  Andrew T. Kaiser

11 The Advance of Pentecostalism in China, 1907–1937
  Rolf Gerhard Tiedemann

12 Sacred Music and Christian Transnationalism in 1920s-1930s China and Japan
  Dana L. Robert

Part 3: Pluriform Christianity 13 China, Social Ethics and the European Enlightenment
Stewart J. Brown

14 ‘The Lutheran AggressionControversy’
: Caste and Class Conflict of Christians in 19th Century South India
  Robert Eric Frykenberg

15 Edinburgh 1910 Onward: Cheng Jingyi, Vedanayagam S. Azariah and the Ecumenical Movement in Asia
  Marina Xiaojing Wang

16 Revolutionary or Reforming? Christian Engagement in Politics during Military-Backed Governments
  Sebastian C. H. Kim

17 Urbanisation, Diaspora, and the Tenacity of Chinese Evangelicalism
  Alexander Chow

 Afterword: Ecclesiological Considerations for Ecumenism and Independency
  Alexander Chow

  Bibliography of Brian Stanley’s Writings
Academic libraries and institutions where World Christianity, contextual theology, or ecumenics are taught.
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