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Book review – Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History

Reviewed by Rose Dowsett
Rose Dowsett joined OMF in 1969, serving in the Philippines until 1977. Since then she has taught missiology and global church history in Glasgow, and exercised leadership and advisory roles in the WEA Missions Commission, Lausanne, Interserve, UCCF, and other mission agencies. Retired since 2008, she continues to research and write books and articles for OMF.

Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History
By Brian Stanley
Oxford: Princeton University, 2018

Mission Round Table Vol. 13 No. 3 (Sep-Dec 2018)

Few people could even attempt this project, surveying the Christian story for the whole world, and through a complex century. Brian Stanley, professor of world Christianity at the University of Edinburgh, is well qualified for this monumental task. He explores the fundamental question, “How did the churches of today get to be the way it is?” by looking at fifteen themes. Each theme has an overview introduction, and two case studies drawn from different parts of the world and from different strands of the church. Among the themes are Christianity and nationalism; persecution; migration; ecumenism; living in the Islamic world; patterns of conversion; the impact of Pentecostalism; contemporary mission; and more. A big book, but wise and immensely helpful.

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