Christianity was a global religion prior to the history recounted in
European and Global Christianity, ca. 1500 - 1789. There were Christians in Asia and Africa before Europeans arrived in those places as well as in Latin America and North America, by movements of economic and political conquest and migration, and also Christian mission. This volume attests to the intensification of this globalization - in these 'new' continents as well as in Russia and the Ottoman territories. Simultaneously, in Europe Christianity was marked by Reformations, by confessional divisions, and by the Enlightenment. This global religion affected all structures of human life - society, politics, economics, philosophy, art, and the myriad ventures that form civilizations.
Contributors are: Carsten Bach-Nielsen, Alfons Brüning, Mariano Delgado, Andreas Holzem, Thomas Kaufman, Hartmut Lehmann, Bruce Masters, Ronnie Po-chia Hsia, Jan Stievermann and Kevin Ward.
This is part of a three volume work on the history of global Christianity. Volume II and III address the 19th and 20th centuries respectively and will appear in 2018.
Jens Holger Schjørring, Dr. Theol. (Aarhus University), is Professor of Church History emeritus at Aarhus University, Denmark. His publications include
Theologische Gewissensethik und politische Wirklichkeit: Das Beispiel Eduard Geismars und Emmanuel Hirschs (1979) and
Ökumenische Perspektiven des deutschen Kirchenkampfes (1985) and studies of the relationship between African and European churches and those of Eastern Europe under Communist rule.
Norman A. Hjelm, Teol.Dr. (h.c.) (Uppsala University, 2009), has been senior theological editor and director of Fortress Press in the United States, an executive with the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland, and an ecumenical officer for the National Council of Churches in the U.S. Most recently he has contributed to
The Finnish and Estonian Churches during the Cold War (2016) and to
The North American Christian Community and the Cold War (2017).
"Drie eeuwen christendom, past dat in één boek? Elf kerkhistorici is het gelukt om een spade dieper te gaan dan veel andere auteurs doen in hun kerkhistorische overzichten. Zo is er aandacht voor een breed scala aan onderwerpen, zoals het katholicisme in Spanje, Portugal en de nieuw ontdekte gebieden in Amerika en de Filipijnen (Delgado); de groeiende macht van de Russische kerk (Brüning); het christendom in Afrika (Ward) en Azië (Hsia) en de christelijke gemeenschappen in Noord-Amerika (Stievermann)." [Translated into English] "Three centuries of Christianity, does that fit into one book? Eleven church historians have managed to go a bit deeper than many other authors do in their church history overviews. The [first] volume includes a wide range of topics, such as Catholicism in Spain, Portugal. and the newly discovered areas in America and the Philippines (Delgado), the growing influence of the Russian church (Brüning), Christianity in Africa (Ward) and Asia (Hsia) and the Christian communities in North America (Stievermann)." Maarten Stolk, in:
Reformatorisch Dagblad, 23 March 2018.
Table of contents
Foreword Volume 1 Introduction: European and Global Christianity in the Early Modern Period, ca. 1500–ca. 1800 Hartmut Lehmann
Catholicism in Spain, Portugal, and their Empires Mariano Delgado
The Russian Church, 1448–1701 Alfons Brüning
Christians under Ottoman Rule, 1453–1800 Bruce Masters
Christianity in Africa, 1500–1800 Kevin Ward
Latin-European Christianity in the 16th Century Thomas Kaufmann
Christianity in Asia, ca. 1500–1789 Ronnie Po-chia Hsia
European and Global Christianity, 1500–1789 Andreas Holzem
Famine, Epidemics, War: The Triple Challenge of Central European Christianity, 1570–1720 Hartmut Lehmann
Christian Churches and Communities in North America to 1800 Jan Stievermann
Christianity in 18th Century Europe Carsten Bach-Nielsen
Summary and Prospective Hartmut Lehmann Index
All interested in the global history of Christianity, its expansion, its relationships to societies and civilizations, and its internal confessional development. Undergraduate and postgraduate students, and students and specialists in history, culture, and ecclesiology.