1st Edition

Christ and Culture A Global Perspective

By Dyron B. Daughrity Copyright 2025
    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    184 Pages
    by Routledge

    Christianity has grown dramatically over the last few centuries and is now the largest religion in the world, embraced by more than 2.5 billion people from all over the globe. No longer just a European faith, Christianity is now border-less, with heartlands in Brazil, the Congo, and the Philippines. Christ and Culture: A Global Perspective introduces students to how Christianity has been adopted by some of the world's cultures in surprising and fascinating ways.

    Case studies include:

    • Nairobi, Kenya
    • Lake Tana, Ethiopia
    • Bangalore, India
    • Stockholm, Sweden
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Jerusalem, Israel
    • Turin, Italy
    • Los Angeles, USA

    Within these chapters, topics such as global Pentecostalism, Catholic–Protestant relations, Orthodoxy, reverse missions, secularization, and urbanization are discussed, with allusions to H. Richard Niebhur's classic text (1951) on the topic throughout. Using engaging case studies, this book will be essential reading for students introduced to Christianity, Christianity and culture, and global Christianity for the first time. 

    Introduction: H. Richard Niebuhr and the 21st Century; Chapter One: Nairobi: How to Convert the ‘Indigenous People’ of England; Chapter Two: Lake Tana, Ethiopia: No Entrance for Lady: How Women are Shaping World Christianity; Chapter Three: Bangalore: Benny Hinn Scares the Hell Out of Me: Pentecostalism’s Unbelievable Rise; Chapter Four: Stockholm: Free Concert, Free Lunch at the Church Today!; Chapter Five: Buenos Aires: Protestants Just Don’t Get Catholicism: How the “Separated Brethren” Became Accepted; Chapter Six: Jerusalem: When Christianity Gets Crushed; Chapter Seven:  Turin: Relics and Pilgrims and Monks, O My! When the Medieval Becomes the Present; Chapter Eight: Los Angeles: The New Pentecost; Conclusion: Christianity and Culture: Glimpses into the Future; Index.



    Dyron B. Daughrity is the William S. Banowsky Chair and Professor of Religion, as well as the Divisional Dean of Religion and Philosophy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, USA.