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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