Introducing World Religions:
A Christian Engagement
This beautifully designed, full-color textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the world's religions, including history, beliefs, worship practices, and contemporary expressions. Charles Farhadian, a seasoned teacher and recognized expert on world religions, provides an empathetic account that both affirms Christian uniqueness and encourages openness to various religious traditions. His nuanced, ecumenical perspective enables readers to appreciate both Christianity and the world's religions in new ways. The book highlights similarities, dissimilarities, and challenging issues for Christians and includes significant selections from sacred texts to enhance learning. Pedagogical features include sidebars, charts, key terms, an extensive glossary, over two hundred illustrations, and about a dozen maps. This book is supplemented with helpful web materials for both students and professors through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.
Regnum Edinburgh Centenary series (24 books)
The Centenary of the World Missionary Conference, of 1910, held in Edinburgh, is a suggestive moment for many people seeking direction for Christian mission in the 21st century. Several different constituencies within world Christianity are holding significant events around 2010. Since 2005 an international group has worked collaboratively to develop an intercontinental and multi-denominational project, now known as Edinburgh 2010, and based at New College, University of Edinburgh. This initiative brings together representatives of twenty different global Christian bodies, representing all major Christian denominations and confessions and many different strands of mission and church life, to prepare for the Centenary. Read further.
Theology of Mission and Religious Studies
The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will start up a four years research project on how migrants establish and create meanings in their encounters with Norwegian society (in particular Norwegian Christian traditions and the Norwegian welfare system). Linked to this project, two PhD Research Fellowship positions are now open: one in Theology of Mission and one in Religious Studies, both starting up August 1, 2015. For more information about the project and the positions, please visit http://www.mhs.no/news?565
New Series from Eerdmans
Majority World Theology
Inaugural volume of the exciting new Majority World Theology series
Christology in the Majority World
Green L. Green
Stephen T. Pardue
K. K. Yeo
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7082-7A new evangelical, global engagement with the person and lordship of Jesus Christ
Though the makeup of the church worldwide has undeniably shifted south and east over the past few decades, very few theological resources have taken account of these changes. Jesus without Borders — the first volume in the emerging Majority World Theology series — begins to remedy that lack, bringing together select theologians and biblical scholars from various parts of the world to discuss the significance of Jesus in their respective contexts.
Offering an excellent glimpse of contemporary global, evangelical dialogue on the person and work of Jesus, this volume epitomizes the best Christian thinking from the Majority World in relation to Western Christian tradition and Scripture. The contributors engage throughout with historic Christian confessions — especially the Creed of Chalcedon — and unpack their continuing relevance for Christian teaching about Jesus today.
UCLA Ph. D. Program in Korean Christianity
Application due Dec. 15
The Korea Program of the department of Asian Languages and Cultures & Center for Korean Studies of UCLA is launching a new Ph. D. program in Korean Christianity. We begin to accept applications for our first class this fall, which will matriculate in September 2015. See the announcement: http://koreanchristianity.humnet.ucla.edu/news-a-notices-. We plan to accept one or two students this year.
Applicants need to have basic reading skills in Korean, and either classical Chinese or Japanese. A master degree in Korean Studies is not a requirement, but similar academic training or competence is expected, especially for seminary students.
Students will study various topics in Korean Christianity and make researches in primary sources in Chinese, Japanese, English, French, Sino-Korean, and Korean languages. A comparative study of Christianities in East Asia and Christianity and other religions in East Asia is to be encouraged to develop transnational, transdisciplinary, and translational research projects.
Students can study Korean religions (Buddhism from Prof. R. Buswell, Confucianism from Prof. J. Duncna, and shamanism from T. Tangherlini), East Asian religions (of Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, Japanese Buddhism, Vietnamese Roman Catholicism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Indian Brahmanism), world religions from the UCLA Center for Study of Religions and many affiliated professors (see http://www.religion.ucla.edu/), and modern Korean and East Asian history. Check the faculty member of the Korean Studies & the Asian religions and Buddhist Studies of the department: http://www.alc.ucla.edu/Faculty/faculty.html.
UCLA has renowned centers for Chinese studies, Japanese studies, Korean studies, Buddhist studies (http://www.international.ucla.edu/buddhist/), India and South Asia, and Southeast Asian studies at the International Institute. So our students will benefit from our close ties with these centers, many of them directed by our department faculty. See http://www.international.ucla.edu/institute/centers.
Taking advantage of UCLA's location in Los Angeles, this track emphasizes not only advanced language competencies (Korean & Chinese or Japanese is required) and reading and analyzing primary texts, but it is oriented towards collaborative scholarship with researchers based in Korea, Japan, or China. Studies of comparative or trans-regional networks of religious life are also encouraged. A study of Korean American Christianity or Korean Christianity in the global context is also pursued.
Incoming graduate students will be benefited from the Dongsoon Im and Mija Im graduate students fellowship, the department fellowship and Teaching Apprentice (the department offers about 40 TA positions every quarter), and many other national and international grants. I expect to be able to offer five-year funding packages to the accepted students, including support for summer language study in Korea, Japan, or China. What is guaranteed is an annual scholarship of $20,000 for three years, which covers the tuition and fee plus some stipend. It can be renewed for two more years.
Applications should be submitted online through the UCLA Graduate Division by December 15, 2014: http://www.alc.ucla.edu/g…/graduate-application-instructions.
You can learn more about our department at http://www.alc.ucla.edu/ and the program at http://koreanchristianity.humnet.ucla.edu/.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage talented students to apply for this program.
Anabaptist WitnessA global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission
Anabaptist Witness continues the legacy of Mission Focus, founded in 1972 by Wilbert Shenk, and edited from 1997 to 2012 by Walter Sawatsky. With Sawatsky’s retirement in 2012, three agencies came together to discuss the renewal of Mission Focus, including Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Mission Network. Jamie Pitts of AMBS and I were named co-editors in July of that year, tasked with the exciting work of leading this new partnership and the continuing transformation of Mission Focus. We are greatly assisted in our task by an editorial committee and partners council. We look forward to expanding global and organizational support and counsel in the years to come.
Our first issue is now available for order and our website is live. All content is available freely on our website at http://anabaptistwitness.org/, and print copies are available through Amazon at http://amzn.com/1502840375/.
Please do explore our website, order a print copy, and send me an email with feedback. Help us grow into our calling to be a global Anabaptist and Mennonite dialogue on key issues facing the church in mission.
Co-Editor, Anabaptist Witness
Mennonite Mission Network International Ministries
China’s Reforming Churches:
Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom
Edited by Bruce P. Baugus
Paperback, 352 pages
Page Size: 6 x 9 inches
Retail Price: $20.00
China is now home to more evangelical believers than any other nation, and the church continues to grow and make inroads in every level of Chinese society. Such dramatic growth, against the backdrop of modern China, has produced profound and urgent church development needs. As faithful Chinese ministers strive to meet these needs, an increasing number are discovering the rich biblical and theological resources of the Reformed tradition and presbyterian polity.
This is a critical moment in the life of China’s reforming churches and the Presbyterian and Reformed mission to China. This book provides both a historical look at presbyterianism in China and an assessment of the current state of affairs, orienting readers to church development needs and the basic outlines of Reformed Christianity in China today. While laying out the challenges and opportunities facing the church, the authors argue that assisting this reformation in China should be a central objective of the presbyterian and Reformed mission to China in this generation.
“Rarely do you encounter a book on China’s Christians by scholars who are so distinguished and expert on the topic. Brimming with profound and carefully researched insight into the subject, China’s Reforming Churches is the finest work on Christianity in China that I have seen in years. It is also elegantly written and edited. It deserves the widest readership.”
—David Aikman, author of Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power
“I found this book of essays to be both interesting and informative. If you take seriously your Reformed theology and church polity and care about the church in China, you should read this book.”
—Daniel H. Bays, professor emeritus, Calvin College, and author of A New History of Christianity in China
“It is meaningful to remember that the Reformed and Presbyterian mission to China was initiated by American and British missionaries, but it was a Korean missionary who carried the baton as the final runner in that chapter of the China mission. As that last Korean missionary to China, I am gratified that in this book the Korean mission is given a place in the history of the Presbyterian mission in China.”
—Pang Chi-Yil, missionary to China from 1937 to 1957 and pastor emeritus, Yongdeungpo Presbyterian Church, Seoul, Korea
“What is the actual state of the church in China? Only the Lord of the church knows for sure. But one thing is certain. We are in the midst of a time when God is at work in an unprecedented way throughout China, gathering His elect to Himself, building and reforming the church there. The editor is to be commended for his vision and efforts in providing us with this book. Its various contributors together offer informative perspectives on current conditions in the Chinese church, both great encouragements and undeniable challenges. This book is an invaluable aid to anyone interested in being better informed about the church in China, not least in being better able to pray more intelligently for the great work God is doing there.”
—Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
Te Rongopai 1814 ‘Takoto te pai!’: Bicentenary reflections on Christian beginnings and developments in Aotearoa New Zealand
edited by Allan Davidson, Stuart Lange, Peter Lineham and Adrienne Puckey
December 2014 marks the bicentenary of the Revd Samuel Marsden’s arrival in the Bay of Islands with the first Church
Missionary Society families. Ruatara, Hongi Hika, Korokoro and five other kinsmen accompanied them across the Tasman. Marsden’s sermon on Christmas Day formally inaugurated the mission in
This unique missionary beginning was dependent on Marsden’s initiative and Ma-ori involvement. From the very first contact, Christianity was being
evaluated and tested by local leaders and their
iwi. Considerable historical debates have taken place over these early missionary beginnings and their implications. For New Zealand the mission alongside the pa- at Rangihoua marked the first
permanent European settlement. These beginnings
were formative in shaping the country and its
The essays in this volume (apart from Grant Phillipson’s contribution) are based on presentations originally given to a conference held at Waitangi in November 2012. They explore different aspects of the missionary beginnings and some of the developments that followed on from this.
Copies can be purchased from:
The Anglican General Synod Office
PO Box 87188
Phone: 09 5214439
• $30.00 pick-up, plus $3 p&p for mailing
• Cheques to: Anglican Church General Synod
DACB News Link
For Friends of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography
The DACB is an international undertaking aimed at producing an electronic database containing the essential biographical facts of African Christian leaders, evangelists, and lay workers chiefly responsible for laying the foundations and advancing the growth of Christian communities in Africa. An international team of scholars and church leaders—primarily of African citizenship—is facilitating the project. Contributors are drawn from academic, church, and mission communities in Africa and elsewhere.Read further
The Role of the American Board in the World: Bicentennial Reflections on the Organization's Missionary Work, 1810–2010
Edited by Clifford Putney, Paul T. Burlin
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was the country's first creator of overseas Christian missions. Founded in 1810 and supported by a coalition of Calvinist denominations, the ABCFM established the first American missions in India, China, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and many other places. It was America's largest missionary organization in the nineteenth century, and its influence was immense. Its missionaries established the first Western schools and hospitals in many parts of the world, and they successfully promoted women's rights and other ideals from the Enlightenment. More info.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of South Asian Christianity
Dr. Roger E. Hedlund
This encyclopedia documents the historic presence and contributions of Christianity in India and its neighbouring South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives). In addition, the volume includes entries on Afghanistan and Myanmar and on the global South Asian diaspora. Further reading.