World Christianity

A Historical and Theological Introduction

By Lalsangkima Pachuau Published
World Christianity
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Non-Western Christianity is reshaping Christianity for all of us.

Christianity is vibrant and growing in the non-western majority world and Christianity is changing as a result. Pachuau surveys the current trending approaches to recognizing and investigating world Christianity and explores the salient features of the demographic changes that mark a measurable shift in the center of gravity from the northwest part of the globe to the southern continents. This shift is not just geographical. World Christianity is ultimately about the changing and diversifying character of Christianity and a renewed recognition of the dynamic universality of Christian faith itself: Christianity is a shared religion in that people of different cultures and societies make it their own while being transformed by it. Christanity is translatable and adaptable to all cultures while challenging each with its transformative power. Pachuau also charts the theological reestablishment of the missionary enterprise founded on understandings of Gods mission in the world (mission Dei), a mission of cross-cultural gospel diffusion for missionary advocates in the majority world but one of near neighbor missional engagement for the contagious Charismatic Christianity of the majority world.

This book is both a descriptive study and a thoughtful analysis of world Christianitys demographics, life, representation, and thought. The book an also gives an account of the historical emergence of World Christianity and its theological characteristics using a methodology that stresses the productive tension between the universal and particular in understanding a fundamentally adaptable Christian faith.

"Lalsangkima Pachuau offers us a brilliant overview of the promise of historically and theologically researching and exploring Christianity as a global religion." - Jayakiran Sebastian, United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA.


Endorsements

Lalsangkima Pachuaus introduction to world Christianity is refreshing and thought-provoking. Not only does it provide an accessible overview of the modern spread of Christianity, but it also offers in-depth analysis of key issues. The extended discussion of contextualization is especially insightful, reflecting the views of majority world leaders rather than only the perspective of foreign missionaries.
Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

This wide-ranging, eloquent, and informative work offers a superb overview of two things: first, global Christian dynamics shaping todays world Christian movement, and second, the academic efforts to understand such dynamics both historically and theologically  often called world Christianity. Pachuaus book summarizes and advances an important contemporary conversation for both the academy and the churches.
Paul V. Kollman, Associate Professor of Theology & Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

During the last twenty years, dozens of books have been published describing various aspects of the emergence of global Christianity  a snapshot of history here, a theological struggle there, etc. Finally, we have a book which surveys the entire landscape, historical and theological, in one compelling volume. World Christianity is a truly stunning achievement in the field of global Christianity. Well written and insightful, Pachuau has provided for us a survey which is a representative, yet thoroughly critical, compendium of global Christianity.
Timothy C. Tennent, President and Professor of World Christianity, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY

Kima Pachuau has written a handy, go-to introduction to World Christianity. He sketches key movements, events, organizations and people in the modern, worldwide spread of Christianity. He explains the scholarly investigation of these movements and the different theological trends that have challenged the classical theologies of the west. This book is an informative and useful resource from someone who knows his subject well.
Emma Wild-Wood, Senior Lecturer, African Christianity and African Indigenous Religions, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The rich diversity of World Christianity is on full display in this deft introduction to the field. Regional studies complement a substantive treatment of mission history, which is how majority-world Christianity outside the West came into being. Experts and beginners alike will benefit from the careful analysis applied in this book to many different kinds of contextual theology.
Stanley H. Skreslet, F.S. Royster Professor of Christian Missions, Union Presbyterian Seminary,
Richmond, VA

More praise for World Christianity:

Kima Pachuaus book is marked by wide research, deep reflection, and an accessible style. It is a tour de force of missiological scholarship. One can only hope that the wider theological academy will read this book and take it seriously. It could change the way they do theology and think about the church.
Stephen Bevans, SVD, Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus,
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

"This may well be the best introduction on the emergence of world Christianity in the Majority world. The analysis of its continuities and discontinuities with western Christianity is particularly helpful. I recommend it wholeheartedly."
Hwa Yung, Bishop Emeritus, The Methodist Church in Malaysia

Kima Pachuaus personal journey from Mizoram [India] to Kentucky informs this important work on the reshaping of world Christianity. He deftly ties together the rational North and dynamic South insisting that despite profound differences these two are inextricably bound in theological terms as a truly global Christianity. How the faith navigates this tension will help to shape its thousands of local expressions as well as its ongoing global mission.
Todd M. Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

This book marks a new milestone in the rising discipline of world Christianity by taking the intentional perspective of the Global South and firmly establishing theology as the foundational component of the book.
Wonsuk Ma, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Christianity, Graduate School of Theology & Ministry, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Kima Pachuau gives here a new and challenging perspective on the changing nature of world Christianity. The focus on the majority world, the "global South" is a particular strength that this work achieves, coming as it does from a leading Asian Christian scholar.
Allan H. Anderson, Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies, Dept. of Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This is a carefully researched and documented work on arguably the most important Christian discipline of our time, World Christianity. It builds on the foundations already laid by such familiar names as Andrew F. Walls, the doyen of the field, and compatriots Lamin Sanneh and Philip Jenkins and several others in between. In this new addition, Lalsangkima Pachuau welds together fresh historical and theological insights into World Christianity. It is a volume that will serve both the academy and practitioners seeking a 21st century understanding of what has been described as the shift of the major heartlands of the Christian faith from the northern to the southern continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Contemporary African Christianity and Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Accra, Ghana


About the Author

Lalsangkima Pachuau

Lalsangkima Pachuau is the John Wesley Beeson Professor of Christian Mission and Dean of Advanced Research Programs at Asbury Seminary. He taught at the United Theological College Bangalore, India and was the editor of Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies (2004-2012). Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of India, Pachuau is a member of Transylvania Presbytery of the PCUSA. His PhD is from Princeton Theological Seminary.