Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City

Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City

Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City

Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City

Synopsis

A groundbreaking work of ethnography, urban studies, and theology, Mark Gornik's Word Made Global explores the recent development of African Christianity in New York City. Drawing especially on ten years of intensive research into three very different African immigrant churches, Gornik sheds light on the pastoral, spiritual, and missional dynamics of this exciting global, transnational Christian movement.

Excerpt

This outstanding book addresses one of the determining factors in the contemporary world, and one of the most influential developments in modern Christianity.

The first of these factors is a great movement of people. the modern world order was established by means of a migration that started around the beginning of the sixteenth century and lasted until the middle of the twentieth, as millions of people moved from Europe to the lands beyond Europe, bringing whole new nations into existence and directing the fate of others. Since the middle of the twentieth century, another great movement of people has gone in the other direction; millions from Africa, Asia, and Latin America have gone to Europe and to the lands peopled from Europe, above all to the United States. This is a book about the religious dimension of that movement, about migrants and their lives in their new home and their links with the old. It is a book about modern cities; for all its careful research and academic rigor, the discerning reader will recognize in it the sights and sounds and scents of the streets and subways of New York City, meeting real people, noting how they live, hearing how they pray. a whole sector of city life is illuminated and a web of relations displayed that links New York with Ghana and Nigeria and Liberia.

But this is not only a book about diasporas, but about Africa and about Christian faith, and about the confluence of the two that is one of the most important developments and most outstanding features of the present age of Christianity. Africa is now one of the Christian heartlands, accounting for a massive proportion of the world’s Christians. the churches that we meet in this book all have their roots and prior history in Africa. in terms of polity and ethos, they may be classified as belonging to different strands of the Christian typology; but they share so much in . . .

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