This in the online version of the third edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia, one of the most-cited reference works in mission and World Christianity studies. The Encyclopedia documents the changing status of World Christianity over the past 120 years from historical and social scientific perspectives. It records the continued shift of Christianity to the Global South and contains estimates for religious and nonreligious affiliation in every country of the world, including detail on Christianity to the denominational level. This reference work features comprehensive descriptions of all Christian traditions, including current information on the uniqueness of Christian experiences around the world.
The online version is fully text searchable, contains cross references, links to the World Christian Database and additional photo material.
Todd M. Johnson is the Paul E. and Eva B. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is co-editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and World Religion Database (Brill).
Gina A. Zurlo is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on the intersection between the demography of religion, world Christianity, and the history of the social scientific study of religion. She is co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia 3rd edition (Edinburgh University Press) and co-editor the World Christian Database (Brill, 2020). She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs, where she is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Religion and Demography (Brill) and works on the World Religion Database (Brill).