Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion [Hardcover]
Christian Mission: How Christianity Became a World Religion [Hardcover]   -     By: Dana L. Robert
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 0631236198
ISBN-13: 9780631236191
Series: Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion

Publisher's Description

Exploring how Christianity became a world religion, this briefhistory examines Christian missions and their relationship to thecurrent globalization of Christianity.
  • A short and enlightening history of Christian missions: aphenomenon that many say reflects the single most importantintercultural movement over a sustained period of humanhistory
  • Offers a thematic overview that takes into account thepolitical, cultural, social, and theological issues
  • Discusses the significance of missions to the globalization ofChristianity, and broadens our understanding of Christianity as amulticultural world religion
  • Helps Western audiences understand the meaning of mission as ahistorical process
  • Contains several new maps that illustrate demographic shifts inworld Christianity

Author Bio

Dana L. Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and the History of Mission at Boston University. She is the author or editor of numerous works on the history of Christian missions and non-western Christianity, including American Women in Mission: A Social History of their Thought and Practice (1997).

Editorial Reviews

"Despite these concerns, Christian Mission is a valuable additionto the growing literature on world Christianity . . . our overallunderstanding of Christianity as a world religion is significantlyincreased by Robert's work." (Christian Century, 8 March2011)

"Robert's book, by drawing on more recent scholarshipincorporates a global view and puts world Christianity at thecenter of the narrative, where it belongs, This re-writing" of thehistory of Christian missions has just begun and likely will occupyscholars for years to come." (Church History, June2010)"This work is a valuable contribution to the subject."(CHOICE, December 2009)"Roberts helpfully reminds thereaders that this...must be understood by accounting for thevarious players and settings in which it unfolds: "It is importantto study the spiders, but it is equally important to notice theweb" (177).Christian Mission, appropriate as a college or graduatelevel text, is a commendable introduction to those seeking to makesense of this tangled web." (Missology, 2010)"[This book] does alot of things (including a chronological and thematic study of 2000years of Christian mission!). Along the way, Robert points out thatChristian missionaries have done much good for the societies theyhave entered." (The Gospel Coalition, January 2010)

"A masterful survey of mission in Christian history from thevery origins of the religion to the present. … It should berequired reading for any undergraduate course on Christianity orworld religions." (International Bulletin of MissionaryResearch, October 2009)

"Robert unerringly focuses on the most important issues. She isespecially good on the persistence of gender issues in missionhistory." (Christian Century, October 2009)

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