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«‘The Changing World of Christianity’ is an encyclopedic treasure trove of information, a real tour de force that can rarely be carried out by a single author. In fewer than 300 pages Daughrity has succeeded brilliantly in his task of providing a ‘global history of a borderless religion.’ Readers will be quickly disabused of any notion that Christianity is a Western religion and at the same time will have a vivid sense that the future of Christianity is bright. Written in a lucid and accessible style, this book will serve as an excellent text for undergraduate and continuing education courses on Christianity as a world religion.» (Peter C. Phan, International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35:3 (July 2011). Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.)

«In the last few years, thanks to scholarly work by such people as Philip Jenkins and Mark Noll, the world has come to understand a major change in the demographics of Christianity that has happened in just the last 50 or 60 years. Christianity, in short, is booming in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and Asia, while it has become a dwindling voice elsewhere - especially in Western Europe. But it's still hard to picture, region by region, what has happened. A new book from a man who teaches at Pepperdine University in California provides exactly that clear picture in a highly readable and helpful form. ‘The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History of a Borderless Religion’, by Dyron B. Daughrity, is a great follow-up to the work by Jenkins, Noll and others. One of the useful thing this book does is to straighten out all the people who believe that Islam is now and will be forever the largest religion in the world. Indeed, about 33 percent of the world's population now is Christian versus about 21 percent who are Muslim. And, Daughrity notes, because of birth rates and other factors, that isn't likely to change significantly for the next several decades at least. When I give talks about the religions of the world I often ask people which religion has the most adherents and inevitably someone will say Islam. I hope all those folks will read this book. One thing I especially like about this book is that it breaks the world into various regions and considers the current religious makeup of each - with maps and tables - to help us see things more clearly. This is a comprehensive view of not just Christianity but also how Christianity fits into the picture of all the world's religions. And it helps us understand how the tiny band of early followers of Jesus planted the seeds that have resulted in one-third of the globe's population today identifying themselves as followers, too.» (Bill Tammeus, National Catholic Reporter)

«‘The Changing World of Christianity’ is laden with good information from many diverse sources, and it represents a striking achievement. Daughrity should be congratulated for creating an informative, provocative introduction that brings some order to this bewildering new frontier in the study of Christian history.» (Keith Huey, Mission Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis)
«This interestingly written and well documented book (...) consists of nine descriptive chapters organized, except the introductory one, according to a geographical key - namely, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. [...] It is not easy to write a textbook about world Christianity, covering both the past and the present (...). Still, the book by Daughrity, well researched and interestingly written, presents the enormous factual material concisely and yet clearly. Maps, statistical data, index, copious endnotes, and a set of a few questions after each chapter help readers to comprehend the

About the Author

Dyron B. Daughrity received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. He teaches World Christianity and History of Christianity at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is the author of Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India(Peter Lang, 2008).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.; First printing edition (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433104520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433104527
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dyron B. Daughrity (Ph.D., University of Calgary) is Associate Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He teaches courses in comparative religion, history of Christianity, and world Christianity. He is the author of "The Changing World of Christianity: The Global History of a Borderless Religion" and many other works. He lectures and researches internationally, specializing in the intersection of religion and culture. He has consulted for Fox News, NBC News, CNN, National Public Radio, The History Channel, and Inside Higher Ed.

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The Changing World of Christianity is a timely and innovative book for both scholars and students alike. Compared to other works in this field, which typically fail to engage a wide variety of readers, Daughrity has succeeded in skillfully striking the right balance between breadth and depth. Indeed, it is accessible enough for those entering the field for the first time, yet can easily surprise a well-seasoned scholar with a wealth of up-to-date information and unique anecdotes from Daughrity's own field research and life experiences.

The organization and clarity of the book is especially deserving of praise. The separation of the chapters into geographic cultural blocks makes perfect sense and allows readers to easily be able to turn back to a section for later reference. Every chapter is designed to provide a solid foundation for understanding the various regions of the world. Daughrity accomplishes this by defining the region up for discussion, placing it in its proper historical context, giving a contemporary analysis, and finally supplying a few questions to the reader for further discussion.

The same praise could be extended to the maps and figures placed at the beginning of each chapter. These are an invaluable resource for offering a visual demonstration of the global phenomenon that has become World Christianity. It is simply impossible to pick up this book and not be convinced that the geography and ethos of Christianity has undergone significant transformation in the past century.

There is no doubt that Daughrity has a powerful and uncanny ability to bring this subject to life through his writing. For those teaching courses on World Christianity, this is a great book to replace outdated and disorganized texts. And for those coming to the subject for the first time--look no further because this is the one book you need on your shelf!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobSmithCA on May 27, 2010
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One does not need to be a religious scholar to read and understand this book. I read this book recreationally, and learned a great deal about my own religion. I was unaware, for example, that Christianity is the world's largest faith. I found it fascinating to trace Christianity from its roots in the Middle East, and study its history as it spread around the world. It was interesting to learn about the changing nature of Christianity in the eight world regions defined by the author. Dr. Daughrity provides ample statistics to support his research, without boring the reader with excessive details. I particularly liked the "World Rankings 2010" page at the beginning of the book, and found myself referring to this single page again and again as I worked my way through each chapter of the book. This book was interesting and informative, and I will keep it as a reference for years to come.
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