Disciples of All Nations has 42 ratings and 7 reviews. David said: Lamin Sanneh tells the story of the growth of Christianity, focusing on the reception. Issue 1 · International Review of Mission banner. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity by Lamin O. Sanneh. First published: 20 March Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity by Lamin O. Sanneh. First published: 20 March Full publication history; DOI.
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Long the dominant religion of the West, Christianity is now rapidly becoming the principal faith in much of the postcolonial world–a development that marks a momentous shift in the religion’s very center of gravity. Sanneg this eye-opening book, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this “post-Western awakening” and the unparalleled richness and diversity, as well as the tension Long the dominant religion of the West, Christianity is now rapidly becoming hations principal faith in much of the postcolonial world–a development that marks a momentous shift in the religion’s very center of gravity.
In this eye-opening book, Lamin Sanneh examines the roots of this “post-Western awakening” and the unparalleled richness and diversity, as well as the tension and conflict, it has brought to World Christianity. Tracing Christianity’s rise from its birth on the edge of the Roman empire–when it proclaimed itself to be a religion for the entire world, not just for one people, one time, ddisciples one place–to its key role in Europe’s maritime and colonial expansion, Sanneh sheds new light on the ways in which post-Western societies in Africa, Asia, and Latin America were drawn into the Christian orbit.
Ultimately, he shows, these societies outgrew Christianity’s colonial forms fo restructured it through their own languages and idioms–a process that often occurred outside, and sometimes against, the lines of denominational nahions. The effect of such changes, Sanneh contends, has been profound, transforming not only worship, prayer, and the interpretation of Scripture, but also a,l, aesthetics, and music associated with the church. In exploring this story of Christianity’s global expansion and its current resurgence in the non-Western world, Sanneh pays close attention to such issues as the faith’s encounters with Islam and indigenous religions, as well as with secular ideologies such as Marxism and nationalism.
He also considers the challenges that conservative, non-Western forms of Christianity pose to Western liberal values and Llamin ideas. Here then is a groundbreaking study of Christianity’s role in cultural innovation and historical change–and must reading for all who are concerned with the present and future of the faith. Paperbackpages.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 12, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Lamin Sanneh tells the story of the growth of Christianity, focusing on the reception of the gospel by Africa. He makes many salient points: Sanneh attacks the idea that all European missionaries were evil, but he also spends a lot of time natipns the evils that colonialism brought nayions Africa.
The final chapter on China’s Christian growth is excellent. I found this book to be a difficult read, it is clear that Sanneh is brilliant. Philip Jenkins has recently written three books on world Christianity; while Jenkins books are on the popular level this book is a step up the academic chain. So I would say to start with Llamin and after that, move on to Sanneh.
A good overview diisciples the progression of Christianity of various stripes in the past few years, as it moved from being primarily a western N. Hemisphere religion to a more eastern S. Mostly focused on developments in Africa, but a good bit also on the recent growth of Christianity in China.
Jul 25, Matthew Blanton added it. This is an amazing book. An heir apparent to Philip Jenkin’s “The Next Christendom,” Sanneh focuses mainly on Africa, migration, and how independent, indigenous communities of faith in the majority world are adapting the faith and making it the normative expression of Christianity. Sanneh uses the Jewish-Gentile conflict from Acts 15 to serve as a template with which to discuss the growth of Christianity around the world and its accompanying conflicts over cultural expressions and contextualizat This is an amazing book.
Sanneh uses the Jewish-Gentile conflict from Acts 15 to serve as a template with which to discuss the growth of Christianity around the world and its accompanying conflicts over cultural expressions and contextualization. Great place to start to learn about World Christianity and the West’s ever shrinking dominance. Dec 29, Diane rated it really liked it.
In this book, the author explores Christianity in different parts of the world, concentrating on emerging trends in the developing world. The book is full nationd information that in or cases is not readily available elsewhere. However, the author uses a lot of academic theological terminology that might be difficult to understand at an introductory level.
Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity
Mar 27, Louise ot it really liked it Shelves: Particularly the early chapters that describe the early oamin of Europe and then the final chapters describing the growth of the indigenous churches in Africa and China. The middle chapters were more of a struggle to wade through. Jul 31, Zack Jackson rated it really liked it. This is a look at the history of Christian expansion that doesn’t breeze over colonialism.
It’s a sanneh harsh and biased at times, but oh so true and well lanin. It’s amazing how well Christianity flourishes once it is stopped being forced at gunpoint.
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