Rise of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We are in the midst of one of the most dramatic demographic changes in the history of Christianity.  The once “Christian heartland” of western Europe and North America now represents a declining proportion of the world’s Christians.  Former mission frontier regions of the world are experiencing rapid church growth and are changing the face of American Christianity through migration.  These demographic realities raise important questions about how Christians today should understand themselves, their church, and its history.  This course provides an overview of the history of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with attention given to the contemporary situation of Christians in particular regions as well.

REQUIRED READINGS:

Klaus Koschorke, Frieder Ludwig, Mariano Delgado (eds).  A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450-1990: A Documentary Sourcebook.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007

Donovan, Vincent J.  Christianity Rediscovered. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1989.  *Any other edition of the book is also acceptable.

Chacour, Elias with David Hazard.  Blood Brothers. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2003.

Jonathan Spence, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci, Penguin, 1985.

 

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