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Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity
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Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity

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Baker Academic 2006

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It is no secret that globalization is one of the most powerful forces in the twenty-first century. In nearly every realm—political, economic, cultural, ethnic, and religious—traditional boundaries are disappearing and people worldwide are more interconnected than ever. Recent decades have also seen the globalization of Christianity and the accompanying shift in the center of gravity of Christianity from the West to the southern hemisphere and Asia. As these realities take deeper root, scholars, students, and church leaders must grapple with the implications for theological reflection and method, not to mention missiological practice.

An international and internationally recognized group of scholars present a multidisciplinary approach to the questions involved, including not only theological and missiological perspectives but also insights from history, sociology, ecclesiology, and anthropology. Part one examines the challenges for theology brought about by globalization. Part two focuses on methodological issues. Part three examines the implications of a global theology on various practical issues. Here is a vital text for courses in theology, missions, and cultural studies.

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Key Features

  • Offers theological and missiological perspectives on globalization
  • Includes insights from history, sociology, ecclesiology, and anthropology
  • Examines the challenges for theology brought about by globalization


  • “Christian Theology in an Era of World Christianity” by Tite Tiénou
  • “Anthropological Reflections on Contextualizing Theology in a Globalizing World” by Darrell L. Whiteman
  • “Globalization and the Study of Christian History” by Andrew F. Walls
  • “‘One Rule to Rule Them All?’ Theological Method in an Era of World Christianity” by Kevin J. Vanhoozer
  • “The Globalizing Hermeneutic of the Jerusalem Council” by David K. Strong and Cynthia A. Strong
  • “Creeds, Confessions, and Global Theologizing: A Case Study in Comparative Christologies” by Steve Strauss
  • “The Glocal Church: Locality and Catholicity in a Globalizing World” by Charles E. Van Engen
  • “‘Experience-Near Theologizing’ in Diverse Human Contexts” by Robert J. Priest
  • “The Challenge of Economic Globalization for Theology: From Latin America to a Hermeneutics of Responsibility” by M. Daniel Carroll R.
  • “Globalization, Nationalism, and Religious Resurgence” by Vinoth Ramachandra
  • “Bearing Witness in Rome with Theology from the Whole Church: Globalization, Theology, and Nationalism” by Eloise Hiebert Meneses
  • “Theological Implications of Globalizing Missions” by James E. Plueddemann
  • “Globalizing Theology and Theological Education” by Lois McKinney Douglas
  • “The Missionary as Mediator of Global Theologizing” by Paul G. Hiebert

Praise for the Print Edition

I hope this important volume is widely--and carefully--studied. It addresses a crucial need for the contemporary Christian movement: a globalized theology for a globalized church. The writers take us to new levels of exploration of what the gospel of Jesus Christ means for the multicultural, multiethnic, multinational community of the Lamb.

Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

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About the Authors

Craig Ott is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he occupies the ReachGlobal Chair of Mission. He is the coauthor of Encountering Theology of Mission.

Harold A. Netland is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch Chair of Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Encountering Religious Pluralism and Dissonant Voices.

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