The Unexpected Christian Century

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The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000

Scott W. Sunquist. Baker Academic, 2015.

Reviewed by Timothy L Eckert, missionary to the FulBe of West Africa.


The Unexpected Christian Century is an interesting, well-written book containing a relevant smorgasbord of information on how Christianity transitioned from a predominantly Western-based religion to a global and southern-based religion during the twentieth century.

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The Unexpected Christian Century

Dr. Scott Sunquist, Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, provides a learned overview of major themes in twentieth-century world Christianity. He masterfully shows how such factors as migration, political turmoil, persecution, the decline of Western Christianity, and Pentecostalism have created a religion far different from that of a century ago.

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