Thinking Globally about Christianity

Harvey Cox

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Religions

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195137989
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Thinking Globally about Christianity

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This article disagrees with the notion that the era of “Western” Christianity is over and the age of “global” Christianity is beginning. Instead, it argues that we entering an era of global Christianities in which the new ecumenical challenge will not be the relations between and among traditional Catholics and Orthodox and Protestant Christians, but the relations among them and the burgeoning new Christian communities that are now rooting themselves in Indic, Chinese, Inca, and African cultures. It discusses several premises: for blessing or for bane, we will have a world civilization; religions will play some role in the coming world civilization; the painful divisions within religious traditions will continue; global communication will get faster while human attention spans get shorter, altering both civilization and religion; the current direction of global civilization will likely lead to nuclear or ecological calamities unless fundamental changes are introduced; as Christianity increasingly becomes a global faith, it will engage in the selective retrieval of components of other traditions; and the role of women will continue to increase.

Keywords: Christianity; Catholics; Protestants; Orthodox Christians; world civilization; religions; communication; women

Article.  4101 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Interfaith Relations ; Christianity

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