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by Andrew F. Walls

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Author: Andrew F. Walls
ISBN: 1570753733
ISBN13: 978-1570753732
Language: English
Publisher: Orbis Books; 1st Edition edition (February 6, 2002)
Pages: 284
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Christian history reveals the faith often withering in its heartlands, in its centers of seeming strength and importance, to establish itself on or beyond its margins

Christian history reveals the faith often withering in its heartlands, in its centers of seeming strength and importance, to establish itself on or beyond its margins. It has vulnerability, a certain fragility, at its heart-the vulnerability of the cross, the fragility of the earthen vessel. In other words, cross-cultural diffusion has been necessary to Christianity. It has been its life’s blood, and without it the faith could not have survived.

Walls, Andrew F. 2002 . The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission and Appropriation of Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis. Christian history reveals the faith often withering in its heartlands, in its centers of seeming strength and importance, to establish itself on or beyond its margins. To the extent that the book’s fifteen independent chapters have a unifying theme, this is it. Christianity expands on a serial basis through cross-cultural processes.

The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission and Appropriation of Faith. Stanley, Brian (2011). Founding the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World". Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. Crossing Cultural Frontiers: Studies in the History of World Christianity. ISBN 978-1-62698-258-1. In Burrows, William . Gornik, Mark . McLean, Janice A. (ed. Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls. Centre for the Study of Non-Western Christianity.

Process in Christian History : Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Faith. Mission Legacies: Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement (American Society of Missiology Series). Norman A. Horner, James M. Phillips, Robert T. Coote.

The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History : Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Faith. Part of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MISSIOLOGY Series).

Studies in the Transmission and Appropriation of Faith. Published February 2002 by Orbis Books. Christianity and culture, Internet Archive Wishlist, Missions, History, Christendom, Christianisme et civilisation, Zending, Histoire, Mission, Culturele betrekkingen, Geschichte. A library, as Victor Hugo pointed out long ago, is an act of faith.

Norris: The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Tran. He concludes the chapter with six implications for cross-cultural witness, with biblical references drawn from Matthew 26, Ephesians 1, Psalm 139, and Mat-thew 5, among others. Dana L. Robert, American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice (Macon, G. Mercer University Press, 1996), 444 pages. Re-viewed by Eleanor Daniel. Following the introduction, the book is divided into six major sections, listed here with a brief sketch of their contents

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This interaction is the cross-cultural story of Christianity. As Walls develops the narrative, the cross-cultural development of the church is connected to the incarnation, a historical event leading to a historical process

Walls, Andrew Finlay (1996). The Missionary Movement in Christian History.

Walls, Andrew Finlay (1996). ISBN 978-1-570-75059-5. ISBN 978-1-570-75373-2.

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books/Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2002. Supplementary materials. 1 57075 373 3; 0 567 08869 3. KENNETH CRACKNELL (a1). Brite divinity school, fort worth, texas.

In The Cross-Cultural Process in christian History, Andrew F. Walls shows he has not lost the capacity to surprise readers with new insights into things they thought long settled. In essays that sparkle with wit and insight Walls reaches back to Eusebius of Edessa in the fourth century and down to the contemporary world. His seer's eyes reach from "Old Athens" and "New Jerusalem", to the vast continents of South America and Asia, to his beloved Africa. On the way he offers fresh understandings of Pentecostalism, African traditional religion, and the ironic ways in which the western missionary movement often accomplished things -- both for good and for ill -- that its agents never dreamed of.
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The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History is a collection of essays, originally published independently, which Andrew F. Walls has organized into three parts. Part One consists of four studies of “recurrent themes of Christian history, and of Christian historiography, viewed intercontinentally.” Parts Two and Three consist of eleven studies of “the transmission and appropriation of the Christian faith” in “Africa” and “the modern missionary movement from the West,” respectively (p. ix). Because of the wide-ranging nature of the book’s interests, it is difficult to review it as a whole. So, instead, this review will focus on the themes in three chapters.

Chapter 1, “A History of the Expansion of Christianity Reconsidered,” reviews the contribution of Kenneth Scott Latourette’s magisterial, seven-volume history of missions of that title. Latourette famously described the history of Christianity’s expansion in “the spread of the influence of Jesus.” He went on to propose what Walls calls “a threefold means for measuring the influence of Christ” (p. 9).

Walls devotes the bulk of chapter 1 to outlining and giving theological depth to Latourette’s “threefold means.” He names them “The Church Test” (p. 10), “The Kingdom Test” (p. 13), and “The Gospel Test” (p. 18). “The first sign of the expansion of the influence of Christ is the presence of a community of people who willingly bear his name, an ‘Israel’ that maintains his worship. The other tests themselves presuppose this one…” (p. 10). The second test regards “the numbers and strength of new movements owing their origin to Jesus Christ,” which was Latourette’s means of testing “the depth of Christian expansion at any one time in any given area” (p. 14, emphasis in original). “Kingdom movements,” writes Walls, “call the church to repentance and to alertness to the presence of Christ within,” and are thus inclusive of “many movements of reformation, renewal, and revival” (p. 15). The third test pertains to “the effect of Christ on people and on cultures,” an effect that varies in different times and places because the “scope of the principalities and powers and their corrupting rule is immense” (pp. 18, 19). An obvious example of this is the difference between the guilt-innocence cultures and honor-shame cultures hear the gospel.

Chapter 3, “From Christendom to World Christianity,” highlights the serial nature of Christian expansion. In two paragraphs that repay careful attention, Walls writes:

"…The Christian story is serial: its center moves from place to place. No one church or place or culture owns it. At different times, different peoples and places have become its heartlands, its chief representatives. Then the baton passes on to others. Christian progress is never final, never a set of gains to be plotted on the map. The rhetoric of some of our hymns, and many of our sermons, about the triumphant host streaming out to conquer the world is more Islamic than Christian [!]. Christian history reveals the faith often withering in its heartlands, in its centers of seeming strength and importance, to establish itself on or beyond its margins. It has vulnerability, a certain fragility, at its heart—the vulnerability of the cross, the fragility of the earthen vessel

"In other words, cross-cultural diffusion has been necessary to Christianity. It has been its life’s blood, and without it the faith could not have survived. It does not, like so many of the religions of India, belong to a particular soil; nor does it, like Islam, produce a distinctive and immediately recognisable [sic] form of civilization. The missionary movement from the West, therefore, seen in the total history of Christianity, is one of a series of major cross-cultural diffusions…” (pp. 66–67).

To the extent that the book’s fifteen independent chapters have a unifying theme, this is it. Christianity expands on a serial basis through cross-cultural processes. One can never assume its triumph in history; one must always be incarnating the faith once delivered to new contexts.

Chapter 13, “The Multiple Conversions of Timothy Richard,” examines the missiological shifts made by Richard, a Welsh Baptist missionary to China, over the course of his tenure there in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Walls makes two points: First, these shifts took place in response to changing conditions in China. Walls writes:

"[Richard’s] multiple conversions—from conventional [British] evangelism to methods that took China seriously, to famine relief work, to prophet of structural reform, to theologian or religions, to worker for peace and champion of the submerged tenth—mark stages that marked the wider movement in different parts of the world and at different periods" (p. 258).

Richard,’ experience, in other words, was “paradigmatic…of the instincts of the missionary movement at work.” These instincts were additive rather than subtractive, however, “never abandoning its original position [of evangelism] but clearing space around it in response to developing perspectives” (p. 258). In other words, a mission that began with the goal of saving souls had to, in response to changing circumstances, take cognizance of the physical, social, and ideological elements impinged on would-be converts’ lived experience. Only in this way could the fullness of Christ’s kingdom be experienced.

The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History is a rich, suggestive work that needs to be read several times to fully digest its significance. This review has highlighted three chapters only because they identify themes that recur throughout the work: the measurement of Christian influence, the serial nature of Christian expansion, and the increasing scope of missionary concern.
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Zahisan
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Cel
Great book! Love the integration of missiology and missions history.
Na
Walls clearly understands and communicates how Christianity has spread around the world. His accurate evaluation of the past offers a clear window to the future. This is the best book on missions I have read to date.
Landaron
An insightful, entertaining book that has value for any students of Christian missiology, history, and intercultural studies.
Nothing personal
Original essays of great freshness and perspective that have helped shape our understanding of the new face of global Chrsistianity.
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