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In this all-embracing look at how Christianity grew during its first 15 centuries, Jehu Hanciles sheds enormous light on an overlooked phenomenon. Surprisingly, it was migration, rather than missionaries or governmental decisions, that so often proved critical in who was reached, how churches expanded, and the ways society was transformed.
|Title: Migration and the Making of Global Christianity
By: Jehu J. Hanciles
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 12 ounces
Stock No: WW875624
A magisterial sweep through 1500 years of Christian history with a groundbreaking focus on the missionary role of migrants in its spread.
Human migration has long been identified as a driving force of historical change. Building on this understanding, Jehu Hanciles surveys the history of Christianitys global expansion from its origins through 1500 CE to show how migrationmore than official missionary activity or imperial designsplayed a vital role in making Christianity the worlds largest religion.
Church history has tended to place a premium on political power and institutional forms, thus portraying Christianity as a religion disseminated through official representatives of church and state. But, as Hanciles illustrates, this "top-down perspective overlooks the multifarious array of social movements, cultural processes, ordinary experiences, and non-elite activities and decisions that contribute immensely to religious encounter and exchange."
Hanciless socio-historical approach to understanding the growth of Christianity as a world religion disrupts the narrative of Western preeminence, while honoring and making sense of the diversity of religious expression that has characterized the world Christian movement for two millennia. In turning the focus of the story away from powerful empires and heroic missionaries, Migration and the Making of Global Christianity instead tells the more truthful story of how every Christian migrant is a vessel for the spread of the Christian faith in our deeply interconnected world.
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