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Global Gospel: An Introduction to Christianity on Five Continents

ISBN: 9781441248770



In this groundbreaking book, award-winning author Douglas Jacobsen describes global Christianity and provides a framework for understanding the varied experiences of Christians around the world. Focusing on Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America, Jacobsen recounts their differing histories, contemporary experiences, and cultural theologies. In the current era of massive and dynamic global challenges, this accessible volume sets the stage for Christians worldwide to engage the Gospel and each other more deeply.

For more titles on global Christianity, check out the Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Provides perspective on contemporary Christianity across the globe
  • Chronicles the history of Christianity in a variety of cultural settings
  • Includes maps, charts, and illustrations


  • Global Christianity: A Very Brief History
  • Four Christian Traditions
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America

Praise for the Print Edition

Douglas Jacobsen has provided a succinct, well-organized, and clearly written historical account of contemporary Christianity as a truly global religion. Broad coverage of geographical regions and theological traditions—including very helpful graphs, charts, and bibliography—underscores the book’s emphasis on diversity. For a Christian world that is continuing to change with unprecedented speed, Global Gospel offers unusually perceptive guidance.

Mark A. Noll, professor of history, University of Notre Dame

What sets Global Gospel apart from other world Christianity textbooks is its masterful interweaving of historical narrative and theological analysis; helpful inclusion of figures, sidebars, and demographic data and trends; and expert deployment of primary sources and the best scholarship in the field. It provides teachers an invaluable resource to frame their lectures and spur discussion. Students will be informed, initiated, and inspired. We are all indebted to Douglas Jacobsen.

Amos Yong, professor of theology and mission, Fuller Theological Seminary

Douglas Jacobsen has accomplished a rare—and much-welcomed—feat. His Global Gospel is uncomplicated and accessible in style yet encyclopedic in content. Writing with equal parts clarity and comprehensiveness, Jacobsen has created a text that introduces the histories of the Christian churches around the world. With its helpful graphics and lucid writing, this book is sure to become a standard textbook and reference work for years to come.

Todd E. Johnson, associate professor of worship, theology, and the arts, Fuller Theological Seminary

  • Title: Global Gospel: An Introduction to Christianity on Five Continents
  • Author: Douglas Jacobsen
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Christianity
  • ISBNs: 9781441248770, 9780801049934
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-18T21:34:32Z

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Douglas Jacobsen is distinguished professor of church history and theology at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He has authored or coauthored such books as Gracious Christianity,Scholarship and the Christian Faith, and the award-winning Thinking in the Spirit.

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  1. TImothy P Locklear II
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    Nicolas Wong


  3. Felmar Roel Rap. Singco
    Christianity has four distinguishing marks: One, Holy, Catholic (or Global or Universal), and Apostolic. The Divine Commission is out wardly, and points to all the four corners of the Planet and even be yond, and is meant to cover and include all peoples, races, tongues, families, religions, groups, and nations. The Church Militant's out look was, is, and will all ways be, missionary: it is out wardly, embracing in to her self and her the proclamation of the message of the Holy Gospel, virtually all, all creatures, all creation, including this Earth and all that in it are, and even be yond.