Christianities in Asia
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 140516090X
ISBN-13: 9781405160902
Series: Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity

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Christianity in Asia explores the history, development, andcurrent state of Christianity across the world’s largest andmost populous continent.
  • Offers detailed coverage of the growth of Christianity withinSouth Asia; among the thousands of islands comprising SoutheastAsia; and across countries whose Christian origins werehistorically linked, including Vietnam, Thailand, China, Hong Kong,Taiwan, Japan, and Korea
  • Brings together a truly international team of contributors,many of whom are natives of the countries they are writingabout
  • Considers the Middle Eastern countries whose Christian rootsare deepest, yet have turbulent histories and uncertainfutures
  • Explores the ways in which Christians in Asian countries havereceived and transformed Christianity into their local orindigenous religion
  • Shows Christianity to be a vibrant contemporary movement inmany Asian countries, despite its comparatively minority status inthese regions

Author Bio

Peter C. Phan holds the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. The first non-Anglo person to be elected President of Catholic Theological Society of America, his books include Mission and Catechesis (1999), Christianity with an Asia Face (2003), and Vietnamese-American Catholics (2005).

Editorial Reviews

"These praiseworthy books from Bays and Phan will enhance
their readers’ understanding of the manifold Christianitiesof China and Asia as well as of the global history of east-westrelations.”  (Journal of Ecclesiastical History,1 January 2013) 

“A stimulating and wide-ranging collection of often valuableintroductions. There are also new insights in a range of settings,for student and scholar alike.”  (Asia Journal ofTheology (vol. 26 no. 1, 2012)
"Christianities in Asia is intended to be an accessible book onthis subject. . . But overall, the book fulfils its function as anintroduction to the various forms of Christianity in Asia."(Swedish Missiological Themes, 2011)

"Leading off an impressive new Blackwell series on globalChristianity, Christianities in Asia is a rich collection of essayson various regions by top-ranked names in the field." (TheChristian Century, 7 October 2011)

"This is a fascinating book, which corrects our Eurocentricunder - stand ing of the earliest Church and what happened duringthe later missionary eras." (Church Times, 1 June 2011)

"As an introductory text, this volume sets a standard for thefield that will not soon be surpassed. Essential. Lower-leverundergraduates through professional/practitioners." (Choice, 1 May2011)

"Christianities In Asia gives a wonderful sampling of essayswritten by Asian theologians who present the ide variety ofChristianities currently in existence in Asia. Eleven theologianstake on the arduous task of presenting the history, the currentcontext, and the practices of Christianity within their ownrespective countries . . . nevertheless, as it stands, this bookwill prove invaluable for generations to come as it lays out thehistorical, social and political identity of Asia, which isimperative to understand Asian Christianity and by relation, theChristianity of the West." (Studies in Religion, 1May 2011)

"Scholars of religion, some in the country or region they cover,and some in the West, explore Christianity not as it has beenimposed in Asia through Western missions, but as it has beenreceived and transformed into local or contextualizedChristianities, with their own ecclesiastical structures, liturgyand prayers, spirituality, theology, art and architecture, musicand song, dance, and other elements. Among the countries andgroupings are India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Burma/Myanmar; SriLanka; Malaysia and Singapore; Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, andThailand; Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao; South Korea; and the MiddleEast. They survey is intended to be accessible to nonspecialistsand general readers." (Book News Inc., February 2011)

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