He is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity
, who has written or edited more than 30 books (including New York Times bestsellers), appeared on numerous television programs (including the History channel), and been featured in major newspapers and magazines.
The remaining main chapters of the book look at world Christianity
through each of the five lenses in turn.
"They see Christianity
as a religion of love and respect for life," he said.
Gifford begins with a call for a more diverse definition of Christianity
in order to avoid analysing all forms of Christianity
in Africa as a single category, as that entails the risk of essentializing our understanding of Christianity
In the first essay, '"Christian Jews' and 'Jewish Christians': The Jewish Origins of Christianity
in English Literature from Elizabeth I to Toland's Nazarensus," Matti Myllykoski traces the earliest use of the terms "Jewish Christian" and "Christian Jews" prior to their use by John Toland and Thomas Morgan.
The volume serves as a fascinating snapshot of the vibrant academic discourse on Christianity
in China today and provides provocative insights for researchers in missions and world Christianity
The Oxford Handbook of Christianity
in Asia, edited by Felix Wilfred, one of Asia's outstanding scholars and thinkers, will therefore be received with great enthusiasm by those working in these fields of study, as well as by anyone who wishes to have an informed understanding of Christianity
When the English first settled Virginia many had high hopes for converting Native Americans to Christianity
. Whiteness and Christianity
were not yet mutually engrained.
The book also demonstrates that it is no longer acceptable to argue that Nubia converted to Christianity
because Silko, the last Pharaoh in the Nile Valley and the first Christian king of Nubia inaugurated the beginnings of Christianity
in the Nile Valley and Sudanic civilization of ancient Nubia.
Middleton, Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, opens his brief introduction by noting this growth of "Global South" or "non-Western" Christianity
as a context for the fourteen essays that follow.
The work, which took five years of research, explores the three centuries when Christianity
overtook Greek paganism to become the faith of the Roman Empire, from the birth of the Galilean, Jesus Christ, to the death of the Emperor Julian - the "Goose" who failed to restore Greek pagan religion.
The essays take perspectives that privilege Third World indigenous and local contributions to recent trends in world Christianity
. Organized into sections on theory and context, globalizing tendencies in Christianity
, ministerial formation in theological education, and local influences in charismatic and pentecostal transformations,