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The Changing Face of ChristianityAfrica, the West, and the World$
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Lamin Sanneh and Joel A. Carpenter

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195177282.001.0001

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The Current Transformation of Christianity

(p.213) Conclusion
The Changing Face of Christianity

Lamin Sanneh (Contributor Webpage)

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Beginning with a brief look at the controversy in the worldwide Anglican communion over the northern churches’ attempts to normalize homosexual relationships, editor Sanneh insists that this conflict is evidence of a serious cultural gap between the northern churches and those of the global south and east. Northern forms of Christianity are trying to regain a hearing by becoming deeply accommodated to the demands of post-Christian culture, while after decades of hardship and persecution (e.g., in Ethiopia under the Dirge, a Marxist regime), non-western Christianity is emerging more vigorous and self-confident than ever. A fault line on a global scale is emerging, but because of massive emigration, world Christianity is present everywhere. Non-western or world Christianity has grown up amid the failure of nation-states and economies and has learned to carry much civic freight. It is better equipped than the northern churches to function in a new world order where state jurisdiction is less relevant. These new expressions of Christianity are opening up a new chapter in the history of religion.

Keywords:   Anglican, Ethiopia, homosexual, Marxist regime, post-Christian, world Christianity

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