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World Christianity and Interfaith Relations

World Christianity and Interfaith Relations

Richard F. Young (Volume Editor)


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In this landmark volume, a rich array of voices make the case that religion is not partitioned off from the secular in the Global South the way it is in the Global North. Authors work at the intersections of freedom and Nationalism, peace and reconciliation, and gender, ecology, and ethnography to contend that religion is in fact deeply integrated into the lives of those in the Global South, even though "secularism"--a political philosophy that requires the state to treat all religions equally--predominates in many of the regions.

World Christianity and Interfaith Relations is part of the multi volume series World Christianity and Public Religion. The series seeks to become a platform for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and to facilitate opportunities for interaction between scholars across the Global South and those in other parts of the world by engaging emerging voices from a variety of indigenous Christianities around the world. The focus is not only on particular histories and practices, but also on their theological articulations and impact on the broader societies in which they work.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506448497
  • eBook ISBN 9781506448503
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 275
  • Publication Date October 25, 2022


"It is becoming very difficult to figure out our world today. When it comes to Christianity and its almost infinite compositions and multifaceted forms of existences, we feel at loss. World Christianity and Interfaith Relations is a remarkable resource to help us get into those muddy waters. With voices from different parts of the world, this book engages vivid themes of our time such as nationalism, intolerance, race, gender, ecology, forms of resistance, religious dialogues, ecumenical efforts, and more. This book shows us how much we need to pause, learn, and change our views. It is indeed rich material for anyone who wants to understand the complexities of the Christian faiths across the globe."

Cláudio Carvalhaes, associate professor of worship, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

"In Asia, Africa, and Latin America, Christianity is recklessly entangled with matters relating to justice, poverty, race and ethnicity, nationalism, ecological destruction, and encounters with other religious traditions. Courageously and competently, the authors immerse themselves in what too often have been the 'touch-me-not' issues of those fixated on church growth. Representing wide-ranging disciplinary perspectives and cultural experiences, these scholars make highly original and indispensable contributions to the study of World Christianity. At a time when livelihoods are threatened by toxic nationalism, climate change, land displacement, and interreligious conflict, the rigorous engagement presented in this volume couldn't be timelier."

Chandra Mallampalli, Fletcher Jones Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

"Volume 4 of this ground-breaking series delivers a rich selection of multi-layered narratives and interpretations of interfaith realities within and beyond indigenous Christian communities in Myanmar, India, Canada, Brazil, Uganda, Nigeria, and Southern Africa. Interrogating the entanglements of religion and nationalism, race, gender, ecology, privilege, decolonization, violence, caste, spatiality, and theological normativity, this volume uniquely offers emic and etic perspectives of Christians and religious others. A nuanced, thought-provoking, and vital contribution to the field of World Christianity!"

Thomas John Hastings, executive director, OMSC at Princeton Theological Seminary, and editor, International Bulletin of Mission Research (SAGE)

"In World Christianity and Interfaith Relations, Richard Fox Young has put together an excellent collection of essays from scholars representing an array of perspectives on World Christianity. Various regions of Asia, Latin America, and Africa receive attention in this book as categorized within provocative sub-themes. This illustrates how World Christianity is embedded within some of the most topical aspects concerning human existence today, both as a contributing factor to some of our most serious challenges but also, potentially, as crucial to their resolution. This is a great contribution on the wider series theme of World Christianity as a public religion."

Retief Müller, VID Specialized University, Stavanger, Norway

"In one volume, readers will find a broad-based survey of the contemporary interface between Christian communities and other faith traditions across the globe. Writing from disparate perspectives and using tools from various disciplines, the authors critically and carefully analyze a wide range of issues, in particular interfaith and ecumenical relationships. A much-needed resource! I highly recommend it to scholars and students seeking to understand and appreciate World Christianity."

James Taneti, assistant professor of World Christianity, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

"This book is a splendid achievement: it illustrates how Christians, as members of the world community, constantly relate to their contemporaries belonging to living religions and ideologies. This relationality is especially true for Asian, African, and Latin American Christians in the Global South. They understand and interpret their Christianity in relation to their non-Christian neighbors. Fourteen essayists of this volume capture the views of these Christians, as they engage with their neighbors on the ground. Their Christianity reflects their living contexts, experiences, challenges, and aspirations for themselves and their neighbors. Therefore, a healthy study of World Christianity necessarily considers interfaith relations and religious experiences. This volume contains four focal points and approaches them from multidisciplinary and transnational perspectives. Firstly, four essayists representing India, Myanmar, and Brazil discuss the impact of contemporary notions and practices of religious freedom, religious intolerance, and resurgent nationalism on fellow Christians, who often constitute minorities. Secondly, three Brazilian authors examine the place and role of gender and ecology in ethnographic imagination. Thirdly, an American and two Nigerian authors articulate the indispensable need for peace and reconciliation initiatives in troubled and peaceful times. Finally, two Indian theologians, a Ghanian theologian, and a South African theologian, who had their early education in the Global South, but live and work in the Global North, reflect on the North-South and South-North relationship of Christianity both in the Global South and the Global North. I warmly recommend this book to all scholars and students who engage with studies in World Christianity, Theology, World Religions, Indigenous religions, philosophy, and the social sciences."

P. Daniel Jeyaraj, professor of world Christianity and director of Andrew F. Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity, Liverpool Hope University, England