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From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian's Discovery of the Global Christian Story

(Turning South: Christian Scholars in an Age of World Christianity)

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Christianity's demographics, vitality, and influence have tipped markedly toward the global South and East. Addressing this seismic shift, one of America's leading church historians shows how studying world Christianity changed and enriched his understanding of the nature of the faith as well as of its history.

Drawing on personal experience, Mark Noll illustrates the riche

Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Baker Academic (first published August 19th 2014)
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George P.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mark A. Noll, From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014). Paperback / Kindle

Mark A. Noll is a leading historian of American Christianity, an evangelical Christian, and a prolific author. From Every Tribe and Nation is a memoir of his evolution as a historian, with a particular focus on his growing belief that “full attention to the non-Western world had become essential for any responsible grasp of the histo
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love reading about historians and their trade. In this book, Mark Noll recounts in memoir-fashion his growth as a scholar, particularly his development as an historian of American religious history to that of global Christianity. It's a fascinating read.

Here's the best description of an historian: “For the most part, historians sit, read books, prepare lectures, grade student papers, occasionally travel to archives, sit some more, organize notes and books, relax by going to museums (and readin
Philip Mcduffie
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mark Noll helps you to understand his passion the for global Christian story, all the while attempting to get you to catch a bit of his zeal for the global Christian story.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Read this book only if your primary intention is to learn more about Mark Noll. Otherwise the few interesting bits of information and perspective scattered throughout simply aren't worth it. ...more
Nathan Metz
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mark Noll describes his commissioning and purpose for the book as a “personal narrative” and “personal memoire”. He referred to his audiences as “general” and explained the goal of broadening the typical Western worldview of Christian history to be more global. In his aim to explain the process of his own development I believe he was successful. However, the longer I read the book the more I questioned the identity of the desired audience of the author. Who is this book written for?
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
History has never occurred in a vacuum, neither do historians live in a vacuum. They are shaped by what has happened in their lives, their upbringing and their topics of interests. This essentially is a book on that, and the historian in view is Mark Noll.

For those who do not know who he is, you can google/wiki him. But he should be most known for a number of his works, including, “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” and “Is the Reformation Over?”. And as much as one may enjoy the fruit of Noll
Dan Gorman
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This volume is a wonderful example of how to write an academic's memoir. Mark Noll, the eminent historian of American Christianity, tells his life story to a certain degree, but focuses on his research. Every chapter ties into his understanding of the broader world — specifically, Christianity that isn't from Western countries. Noll explains how, a little bit at a time, he became convinced that the story of Christianity needed to encompass the whole of the world. While Noll is confident in his p ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mark A. Noll is a historian of the evangelical movement, mostly in the United States. He has taught at Wheaton College and at Notre Dame.

Noll traces how he became aware of a Christianity that was more than a United States movement or a North American one. He begins with his childhood in a Baptist church in Cedar Rapids, Michigan. His journey took him through preparation for a teaching career as an academic historian, increasing familiarity with the Reformation, then Canadian Christianity. He tra
James Korsmo
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this narrative of intellectual history from one of the preeminent historians of evangelicalism to be worthwhile and enjoyable. Noll recounts his discovery of the history (both past and present) of Christianity in the majority world. He traces seeds of his experiences of church here at home, and charts the points of a raising awareness of Christianity's explosion in non-Western contexts. It's interesting to see how his raising awareness of this "other" history of Christianity informed and ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Noll's memoir is not like the one Stanley Hauerwas wrote, which is a history of an extrovert and the books, people, and ideas that influenced him. The influential books, people and ideas are actually a similarity between the books, but Noll is an introvert. As a result this is much more memoir as personal intellectual history, following the formation of Noll's interests as they move from Reformation and American themes, to the more broad conception of World Christianity. A quiet and humble perso ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. Any fan of Noll's writing will delight to follow along as he traces his intellectual and spiritual debts to scholars and mentors. Along the way, Noll provides an outstanding bibliography of resources for anyone interested in digging into the history and current developments in global Christianity. ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mark Noll illustrates the riches awaiting anyone who gains even a preliminary understanding of the diverse histories that make up the Christian story. He shows how coming to view human culture as created by God was an important gift he received from the historical study of world Christian diversity.
Dax Palmer
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It was good for what is was worth. The author just writes a short bio about how he became more of a global Christian mind set rather then North American Christian mind set. The good thing about this book is that he challenges his readers to look how Christianity has influenced and continues to influence other cultures.
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Mark Noll, former professor at Wheaton, is now at Notre Dame. He specializes in American Church History. Jeff introduced me to him at his church and I have read two of his books, which are outstanding. Saw this one on a book table at the 2PC Missions conference, and can't wait to dig into it. ...more
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Mark A. Noll (born 1946), Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, is a progressive evangelical Christian scholar. In 2005, Noll was named by Time Magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America. Noll is a prolific author and many of his books have earned considerable acclaim within the academic community. The Scandal of the Evangelic ...more

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