Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Unexpected Christian Century The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000 by Scott W. Sunquist

★★★★★  The publisher provided a copy for review.
Sundquist explores how the twentieth century Church goes from the late nineteenth-century motto of "Winning the world in this century" to secularism in the West and booming revivals elsewhere. The topsy-turvy outcomes emerge from secular philosophies and capitalism, the expectations of growth and prosperity, the collapse of European empires, and the self-satisfactions and disappointments of humanism.

I loved the history lessons, the observations on people movements, and the perspectives of God's overarching ability to direct, empower, and send his people onward with Good News.

Well worth the time for any fan of Christian movements, church growth, church history, and cultural transformation. Definitely a must-read for students of anthropology, missions, and culture.

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