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- DescriptionEnglish summary: There has been much academic debate over recent years on Europe defining itself over against the Other. This volume asks from the opposite perspective: What views did n-Europeans hold of European Christianity? In this way, the volume turns the agency of definition over to n-Europeans. Over the last centuries, the contacts between Europeans and n-Europeans have been diverse and complex. Non-Europeans encountered Europeans as colonialists, traders, missionaries and travellers. Most of those Europeans were Christians or were perceived as Christians. Therefore, in terms of religion Europe was often identified with Christianity. Europeans thus also conveyed a certain image of Christianity to n-European countries. At the same time, n-Europeans increasingly travelled to Europe and experienced a kind of Christianity that often did t conform to the picture they had formed earlier. Their descriptions of European Christianity ranged from sympathetic acceptance to harsh criticism. The contributions in this volume reveal the breadth of these opinions. They also show that there is clear line of division between insiders and outsiders, but that Europeans could sometimes perceive themselves as being outsiders in their own culture while n-Europeans could adopt insider perspectives. Furthermore, from these encounters new religious and cultural expressions could emerge.
- Author BiographyProfessor Brian Stanley is director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh.
- PublisherVandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG
- Date of Publication11/12/2013
- SubjectChristianity: General
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintVandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Co KG
- Weight802 g
- Edited byBrian Stanley,Professor Judith Becker
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