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The Changing Shape of Church History
New, different readings of church history are finally reflecting Christianity's deep roots in every culture worldwide. Gonzalez listens to voices from centers other than the North Atlantic to help us see a different perspective of church history -- a global story that includes those previously marginalized -- as he offers us a hopeful outlook for the future of world Christ ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Chalice Press
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Today, churches in Europe go vacant and African congregations send missionaries to evangelize the United States. Gonzalez grapples with how this shift of Christianity's focal points to the global south affects how we tell the story of Christianity--not just today, but from its foundations.
Enumerating different facts Justo Gonzalez gradually proves the point that our view of history, including church history, changes as we realize how church tried to find its place throughout different stages of history. Gonzalez' last point is that the most appropriate place for church to look at its both past and future history is that of incarnation. The book is a mind-challenging read not only for students of or interested in history, but also for missionaries and all those who try to avoid mi ...more
Justo L. González, author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, attended United Seminary in Cuba, received his MA at Yale, and was the youngest person to be awarded a PhD in historical theology at Yale. He is one of the few first generation Latino theologians to come from a Protestant background. He helped to found the Association for Hispanic Theol ...moreMore about Justo L. González...