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Enlarging the story : perspectives on writing world Christian history
Shenk, Wilbert R.
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Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [2002]

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xvii, 142 pages ; 24 cm
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Wilbert Shenk presents five important papers on how Christian historical and mission studies need to be changed in the light of the emergence of World Christianity and the demise of the West as its spiritual and political center. Shenk introduces the entire question in a brilliant essay that portrays the demographic, cultural, and theological shifts in tectonics. His introduction is followed by five chapters and concludes with a reflection by four historians on the contents of this pathbreaking book.

Author Notes

Wilbert R. Shenk is professor of mission history and contemporary culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California

Table of Contents

Wilbert R. ShenkAndrew F. WallsA. Mathias Mundadan, C.M.I.Philip Yuen-Sang LeungGerald J. PillayLamin SannebMark Hutchinson (chair) and Pablo Deiros and Klaus Korschorke and Donald Lewis and Melba Maggay
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
1. Eusebius Tries Again: The Task of Reconceiving and Re-visioning the Study of Christian Historyp. 1
2. The Changing Task of Christian History: A View at the Onset of the Third Millenniump. 22
3. Mission History Versus Church History: The Case of China Historiographyp. 54
4. The Challenge of Teaching Church History from a Global Perspectivep. 75
5. World Christianity and the New Historiography: History and Global Interconnectionsp. 94
6. The Ongoing Task: Agenda for a Work in Progressp. 115
References Citedp. 125
Select Bibliography on Global Historiographyp. 133
Indexp. 137