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New Shape Of World Christianity [Hardcover]

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Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2009
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828478  
EAN  9780830828470  

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In this book Mark Noll revisits the history of the American church in the context of world events. He makes the case that how Americans have come to practice the Christian faith is just as globally important as what the American church has done in the world. He backs up this claim, lucidly explaining the relationship between the development of Christianity in North America and the development of Christianity in the rest of the world, with attention to recent transfigurations in world Christianity. -- from publisher description

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2010 Christianity Today Book Award winner With characteristic rigor and insight, in this book Mark Noll revisits the history of the American church in the context of world events. He makes the compelling case thathow Americans have come to practice the Christian faith is just as globally important as what the American church has done in the world. He backs up this substantial claim with the scholarly attentiveness we've come to expect from him, lucidly explaining the relationship between the development of Christianity in North America and the development of Christianity in the rest of the world, with attention to recent transfigurations in world Christianity. Here is a book that will challenge your assumptions about the nature of the relationship between the American church and the global church in the past and predict what world Christianity may look like.

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Mark A. Noll Mark A. Noll (born 1946) is a historian specializing in the history of Christianity in the United States. He holds the position of Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Noll himself is a Reformed evangelical Christian, and in 2005 was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America.

Noll is a graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois (B.A, English), the University of Iowa (M.A., English), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A., Church History and Theology), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D, History of Christianity). Before coming to Notre Dame he was on the faculty at Wheaton College, Illinois for twenty-seven years, where he taught in the departments of History and Theology as McManis Professor of Christian Thought. While at Wheaton, Noll also co-founded (with Nathan Hatch) and directed the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals.

Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. In particular, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, a book about anti-intellectual tendencies within the American evangelical movement, was widely covered in both religious and secular publications. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal in the Oval Office by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Noll, along with other historians such as George Marsden, Nathan O. Hatch, and David Bebbington, has greatly contributed to the world's understanding of evangelical convictions and attitudes, past and present. He has caused many scholars and lay people to realize more deeply the complications inherent in the question, "Is America a Christian nation?" In 1994, he co-signed Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an ecumenical document that expressed the need for greater cooperation between Evangelical and Catholic leaders in the United States.

Since the Fall of 2006, Noll has been a faculty member in Department of History at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He replaced the retiring George Marsden as Notre Dame's Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History.Noll stated that the move to Notre Dame has allowed him to concentrate on fewer subjects than his duties at Wheaton had allowed.

Mark A. Noll currently resides in the state of Illinois. Mark A. Noll was born in 1946.

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Broadens your understanding of world Christianity  May 26, 2010
The New Shape of World Christianity is unlike the books that I normally read and review. As a self-proclaimed lover of history, it drew my attention as a way of sharpening my knowledge of not only the historical progression of Christian history, but also modern movements around the world. After reading a few chapters, I realized that the thesis of this book focuses on the image and dispersion of American influence on global Christianity. I was intrigued.

Taking us through the significant changes that Christianity as a worldwide phenomenon has had over the years, Mark Noll flips stereotypically Western understandings of the faith on its head. The subtitle to this book gives its content away: "How American experience reflects global faith." In this book, Noll asserts that its no longer the West (Europe and North America) that dominates Christian religious progression, but that the field has changed---"world Christianity has taken on a new shape."

This book takes a mainly historical look at the progression of the North American church and its missionary ventures, its innovations in church organizations up to its current state. One of the main questions that Noll asks is, "What, in fact, has been the American role in creating the new shape of world Christianity and what is now the relation of American Christianity to world Christianity?" The answer to his question has many different positions. The best answer, says Noll, is that American Christianity and world Christianity has a strong though ill-defined relationship and that the historical progression of Christianity in each culture is indeed what draws the relationship closer. He recognizes that the U.S. is indeed a great world power and that global Christianity is beginning to parallel the historical development of American influence.

By taking us through the historical influences of the American church, Noll shows the reader how the rest of the world Christianity is correlated to U.S. Christianity. Still, though the actions of Americans has a heavy influence on the world, "American actions by no means dominate or simply ordain what is happening elsewhere."

I would recommend this book to those who are looking to better understand the Christian faith from a historical perspective. Though this book is more academic than it is personally edifying, it's important in making distinctions about Christian movements and broadening the scope of our faith. So, if you're tired of living and breathing in your own little bubble of Christendom, this book will help you realize what's going on globally. It'll pop your personal bubble for sure.

expensive  May 10, 2010
Lower the price! The hardcover is just over 200 pages, and you expect us to pay $14.85 for a digital copy?
American Influence on the Global Church  Apr 28, 2010
Mark Noll delivers a fine treatise on the transformation of universal Christianity in "The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith." The Noll's central position is that the world is adopting much of Americana, therefore global Christianity will look to their American brethren as an essential source for belief and practice. This implies that American Christians should be aware of its potent influence and guard the faith with diligence and vigilance.

The author provides overview and analysis of:

- The Growth and maturity of American Evangelicalism in the last 100 years
- Church growth in Korean, China, and Africa
- Evangelical Christianity in the US composed of a broad range of theological positions (too broad for me)
- Commercialization within the Church
- The importance of missionary work
- The proper application of various cultures within Christianity and how Christianity can change a culture.

This is a fine resource that makes an admirable addition to the work of Philip Jenkins and others. "The New Shape" is an outstanding volume for those concerned with the influence of American Christianity on the worldwide church along with the growth of global Christianity.
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A Careful and Thoughtful Case of Research  Feb 3, 2010
The author's main point of the book is "American Christianity is important for the world primarily because the world is coming more and more to look like America. Therefore, the way that Christianity developed in the American environment helps to explain the way Christianity is developing in many parts of the world. But correlation is not causation: the fact that globalization and other factors have created societies that resemble in many ways what Americans experienced in the frontier period of their history does not mean that Americans are dictating to the world. It means, instead, that understanding American patterns provides insight for what has been happening elsewhere in the world" (pg. 189).

Noll goes on to prove his main idea by: looking at the identity of Evangelicals in the Nineteenth-Century , looking at what western missionaries have accomplished all over the world, and by looking at three case studies, that being, American Evangelical trends from 1900-2000, Korean believers and East African revival. Also, he draws some of his ideas from Andrew Walls, Lamin Sanneh, Dana Robert, David Martin and Philip Jenkins.

The strengths of his work are that he is very careful and cautious in his research, he comes to his careful conclusions after he has labored diligently, he has very board knowledge of the works of Protestants and Catholics, he walks a good line in describing how American Missionaries have influenced other countries but not dictated to them, he has a forward, yet gentle and accurate critique of American Christianity, and does a very good job at summarizing some complex ideas.

If you are someone interested in having a greater understanding of how American Christianity has influenced the Christian world and how the Christian world at large can draw insights from the patterns of American Christianity, this book is for you.
Fascinating Stats  Dec 5, 2009
I read Noll's book primarily because of the fascinating statistics he shares about how 'world Christianity' has changed. Those statistics are found primarily in the first two chapters which makes them absolutely gripping. Christians need to be aware of what God is doing in the world and Noll has served us well in that regard.

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