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Brian M. Howell

Christianity in the Local Context: Southern Baptists in the Philippines

How do Filipino Baptists who sing in English, quote from James Dobson, and download sermon illustrations from Alabama understand themselves, and their faith, as “local?” Comparing four congregations of Southern Baptists in the Philippines, Howell argues that Christianity becomes a local context as aspects of daily life are brought together with the obviously borrowed elements of the faith. This book moves away from the split of “global” and “local” to find out how Southern Baptists are able to create a “transcendent locality.” Told in rich ethnographic detail, Christianity in the Local Context argues that Filipino Baptists are actively constructing themselves in terms of a global faith that they have made their own.

Afe Adogame, Roswith Gerloff, & Klaus Hock (ed.)

Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora: The Appropriation of a Scattered Heritage

The rapid growth of African Christianity is attracting much scholarly attention because of the nature and peculiarities of the emergent Christianity and because its expansion into the global north is reshaping the religious landscape.

Through a range of contributions from diverse regions and
traditions, Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora offers new resources for the interpretation and analysis of African Christian movements whilst looking at the African diaspora through it’s rooted in colonial history and resistance to oppression, exploitation and slavery.

Social History of Christianity in South Africa
Available in 3 Volumes on CD ROM

The Social History of Christianity in South Africa 1487-1994
Cape Town, South Africa: University of Cape Town Research Institute on Christianity and Society in Africa (RICSA), 2005.
ISBN 0-7992-226-66

"This CD ROM produced in 2005 contains three books and a document index of more than 5,000 archival documents relating to the historical area under consideration that are found in the University of Cape Town libraries. The first volume in the CD ROM contains Christianity and the Colonization of South Africa: 1487 to 1870 (2005) by Charles Villa-Vicencio (Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa) and Peter Grassow (an ordained Methodist minister). The second volume comprises John W. de Gruchy’s (Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town) Christianity and the Modernization of South Africa: 1867 to 1936 (2005). The third volume, edited by James Cochrane and Bastienne Klein, is From Dark Days to Liberation: Perspectives on the Social History of Christianity in South Africa that appeared as a special issue for the Journal of Theology in Southern Africa, volume 118 (March 2004)."

--reviewed by Pius Charles Murray, Boston University School of Theology Library

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A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals
by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

A new analysis finds little evidence to support some widespread perceptions about the income level, educational attainment and gender composition of pentecostals. The analysis was done as a supplement to the Pew Forum’s 2006 survey of 10 countries with sizeable pentecostal populations. More about the survey »

"Spirit and power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals" pdf

Kwame Bediako

The Emergence of World Christianity and the Remaking of Theology pdf
Public Lecture at Calvin College
July 2007

Gillian M. Bediako

‘All believers are primalists underneath’: Towards a new appreciation of Old Testament religion as primal religion pdf
Public Lecture at Calvin College
July 2007

American Society of Church History (Winter 2007):
Conference Papers on World Pentecostalism

These conference papers on aspects of world Pentecostalism were presented at the winter meeting of the American Society of Church History in January 2007. Joseph Creech examines how and why the Azusa Street Revival came to figure so prominently in American Pentecostal understandings of world Pentecostalism. Three other scholars--Arun Jones, Ogbu Kalu, and Xi Lian--explore the sources and features of 20th-century revivals in India, Africa, and China. They detail the importance of indigenous revivals in shaping contemporary global Pentecostal movements. Read papers »

Daniel H. Bays

Chinese Protestant Christianity Today pdf
China Quarterly
June 2003
Daniel H. Bays, Professor of History, Calvin College

Kelly James Clark

Confucian Hermeneutics: Why commentaries are never definitive.
Published in Books and Culture Sept/Oct 2006
Kelly James Clark, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College

Joel A. Carpenter

Joel A. Carpenter. "Now What?" Books & Culture 15, no. 2 (March/April 2009).

Joel A. Carpenter. "Back to the Bible: A new Christian heartland." Books & Culture 13, no. 27 (May/June 2007).

The Christian Scholar in an Age of Global Christianity
Joel A. Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity
Used by permission of Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, copyright 20__. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Baker Publishing Group.

"New Evangelical Universities: Cogs in a World System, or Players in a New Game?"
Part I & Part II pdf
Joel A. Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity
Used by permission of William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., copyright 20__. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Eerdmans Publishing.

Paul Freston

Christianity and Conflict in Latin America
April 6, 2006, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
Paul Freston, Professor of Sociology and Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social and Economic Thought, Calvin College.

Rev. Dr. Solomon Nkesiga

African Renaissance: Its Politico-Economic Initiatives, its Negations, and the Contribution of African Theology of Wisdom. pdf
Rev. Dr. Solomon Nkesiga is President of Kampala Evangelical School of Theology (KEST) in Uganda.

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