Portraits of Global Christianity
Living in Light of the Global Body of Christ
Books on global Christianity have been growing substantially in the last ten years. The importance of studying Christianity beyond White Western history and theology has taken on a special relevance in an increasingly globalized world. The study of global Christianity is about recognizing the diversity of Christians around the world in terms of their cultures, languages, ethnicities, worldviews, and approaches to the faith. World Christianity is about making global-local connections and providing Christians the opportunity to learn from one another, enhance their faith, and broaden their perspectives.
Most World Christianity books are written for scholarly audiences only. However, Portraits of Global Christianity moves beyond that sphere and into the lives of Christians who have learned about and continue to experience the global church in their everyday lives. No other global Christianity book on the market provides this kind of self-understanding on the relationship between World Christianity and individual experience.
This book is geared toward a general Christian audience and is written in an accessible style with attractive full-color charts, maps, and graphs to make quantitative data on Christianity and other religions come alive. The reflections and essays in this book in honor of Todd M. Johnson provide readers with concrete examples of how knowledge and experience of Christianity worldwide has fundamentally changed their worldviews, perspectives of the faith, and vocational callings. It encourages readers to reflect on their attitudes toward people who do not look like them or live out the faith like them. This book urges readers to seriously consider the growth of Christianity in the global South and its impact on their own lives, and seek opportunities to reach across ethnic, gender, and class boundaries.
This volume is not only a powerful testimony of Dr. Todd Johnson’s well-recognized status, rich accomplishments, and muti-dimensional global influence as the authority of the Christian demography, but also a very valuable source for the study of world Christianity of the past and present centuries.Kevin Xiyi Yao, PhDProfessor of World Christianity and Asian Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
This work is a celebration of demographic workmanship. Todd Johnson has spent his life building an authentic village of craftsmen and craftswomen, mentoring many young scholars in World Christianity and missiology with skill and patience. As an immigrant, otherwise gleaning only on the margins, I consider myself grateful for the multiple doors he helped open for me in mission and academia. This book is for all who aspire to do the same.Wanjiru M. Gitau, PhDAssistant Professor of World Christianity and Practical Theology, Palm Beach Atlantic University
This volume is a fitting tribute to the bespoke Dr. Todd Johnson. One who is always keen to see not just the trees but the forest, he embodies a meta-analytical skill set which this book stays true to. Christianity should be for and by everyone, and Todd is one of the chief catalysts to bring it all together so beautifully. He is a storyteller and mentor par excellence, both in his writings and to all those he encounters personally, as exemplified by the magisterial data and moving testimonies that lie herein.Allen Yeh, DPhil Professor, Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola University, Cook School of Intercultural Studies
- Pages: 246
- Publisher: William Carey Publishing
- Binding: Paperback
- Publish Year: 2023
- ISBN: 9781645084617
- Vendor: William Carey Publishing