A History of Christianity in Asia, Volume 1:  Beginnings to 1500  -     By: Samuel Hugh Moffett
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A History of Christianity in Asia, Volume 1: Beginnings to 1500

Orbis Books / 1998 / Paperback

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The story of Christianity in the West has often been told, but the history of Christianity in the East is not as well known. The seed was the same: the good news of Jesus Christ for the whole world, which Christians call "the gospel." But it was sown by different sowers; it was planted in different soil; it grew with a different flavor; and it was gathered by different reapers.
It is too often forgotten that the faith moved east across Asia as early as it moved west into Europe. Western church history tends to follow Paul to Philippi and to Rome and on across Europe to the conversion of Constantine and the barbarians. With some outstanding exceptions, only intermittently has the West looked beyond Constantinople as its center. It was a Christianity that has for centuries remained unashamedly Asian. A History of Christianity in Asia makes available immense amounts of research on religious pluralism of Asia and how Christianity spread long before the modern missionary movement went forth in the shelter of Western military might. Invaluable for historians of Asia and scholars of mission, it is stimulating for all readers interested in Christian history.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 560
Vendor: Orbis Books
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1570751625
ISBN-13: 9781570751622
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The history of Christianity in the West has often been told, but the story of Christianity in the East has received scant attention. This Christianity looked neither to Rome nor Constantinople, and for centuries remained proudly Asian. This first volume of Samuel Moffett's epic history reveals this fascinating and little-known story.

While Paul and other early missionaries converted Greeks and Romans, then the "barbarian" tribes of Europe, priests of the Church of the East -- later called the Nestorian -- established centers in Persia and Afghanistan, across India and the Mongolian steppes, and in China itself as early as the 7th century. These missionaries experienced both favor and persecution according to the political climate of their times; but the expansion they achieved would not be matched by the West until after the 13th century.

Moffett captivates readers with the rise and fall of empires and the rulers whose actions determined the fate of Christianity in their realms. It was Kublai Khan's mother, a Christian Mongol princess, who encouraged the Great Khan's tolerance of Christian missionaries. Indeed, Mongol armies were known to ride into battle under the banner of the Holy Cross. But it was a dust cloud from a different desert -- Islam -- that was to dramatically bring about the end of this first, dynamic period of Asian Christianity.

A History of Christianity in Asia makes available immense amounts of research on the religious pluralism of Asia and how Christianity spread long before the modern missionary movement went forth in the shelter of Western military might. Invaluable for historians of Asia and scholars of mission it is stimulating for all readers interestedin Christian history.

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    November 10, 2011
    Michael Kovalan
    Malaysia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
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    This book contains the 'missing' link between the spreading of Christianity Eastwards. All of us know how Christianity went West but very few know how it came East. It is also the period before the coming of Islam. The book can contain the spread of Christianity south into Africa.
  2. Alan Reeve
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    October 3, 2007
    Alan Reeve
    A very thorough academic study of the subject matter. In the early chapters he deals with the traditions and legends, which he tackles sympathetically but also questions them seriously. He does not merely dismiss them as do some academics, but gives serious consideration to the truths which may well lie behind those traditions and legends. I can strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn about the early development of the Christian Church in Asia.
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