‘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.
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).
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