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World Christian Encyclopedia

Third Edition

Edited by Todd M. Johnson, Gina Zurlo

Edition: 3

Hardback (Forthcoming)
£200.00

A one-volume overview of the history and current status of Christianity in every country in the world

  • A 32-page full-colour global and continental overview of Christianity and religions (including Catholics, Independents, Orthodox, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals/Charismatics)
  • Historical and demographic profiles of Christianity in 234 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, vetted by in-country experts
  • 24 full-colour maps plus hundreds of additional graphs, charts and tables
  • Photos of Christians in every country of the world, both historic and contemporary
  • Detailed explanation of the methodology and sources supporting the estimates
  • Features quick-reference tables, including country-by-country statistics, that provide detail on religious affiliation and Christian activities worldwide

The World Christian Encyclopedia, now in its 3rd edition, documents the changing status of World Christianity over the past 120 years from historical and social scientific perspectives. It records the continued shift of Christianity to the Global South and contains estimates for religious and nonreligious affiliation in every country of the world, including detail on Christianity to the denominational level. This reference work features comprehensive descriptions of all Christian traditions, including current information on the uniqueness of Christian experiences around the world.

Contents

Preface    
Authors & editors   
Introduction     
Foreword 
   
Global summary   
An overview of World Christianity  
World Christianity, 1900–2050 
Africa    
Asia     
Europe    
Latin America   
Northern America   
Oceania    
Christian traditions   
   Catholics    
   Protestants   
   Independents   
   Orthodox   
   Evangelicals   
   Pentecostals/charismatics 
Women    
Religion    
Peoples and places   
Mission 
   
Countries    
Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Tables     
Christians by Global North/South
Religion
Religion by continent
   Africa
   Asia
   Europe
   Latin America
   Northern America
   Oceania
Christian traditions
   Catholics
   Independents
   Orthodox
   Protestants
Pentecostals/Charismatics
Evangelicals

About the Author

Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. Johnson is Associate Faculty at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He has published encyclopedias, atlases, databases, monographs, and scholarly articles on counting religionists around the world.

Gina Zurlo is Assistant Director at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Research Associate at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. She was the project manager, researcher, and editor of The World's Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and served as the Senior Editorial Assistant on the Atlas of Global Christianity (EUP, 2009).

Reviews

A superb resource by experts in religious demography, the third edition of the World Christian Encyclopaedia develops familiar methods to provide up-to-date and detailed information on the global spread and diversity of Christianity. An invaluable tool for all those working in this area.

- Dr Emma Wild-Wood, Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh

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