A Summary Of The Unexpected Christian Century

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In the book “The Unexpected Christian Century,” the author Scott Sunquist believes that the twentieth century is the most recent one in the Christian history. During the time of the geometric era, it was believed that the importance of gravity moved from the Christian nations of Europe and North America to the “Global South,” where Christians were done wrong minority. Simply in the third and the sixteenth centuries was when Christianity had experienced a change of comparable greatness. In 1900 many assumed the twentieth century would be a Christian century because Western “Christian empires” ruled most of the world. What happened instead is that Christianity in the West declined dramatically, the empires collapsed, and Christianity’s center moved to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific. (Logos) In the beginning of “The Unexpected Christian Century,” Sunquist is mentioning the fast paced overview of Christian missionary expansion, starting with the effort of the apostles described in Acts, describing the difference of the royal church and the transformation of “tribal Europe,” and ending with both Catholic and Protestant works of the late early modern period. As Sunquist moves along in the book, he brakes the narrative pace with a earlier look at advances from the 1870s to the 1910s to try and understand why most church leaders could say “Without blushing or winking” that the twentieth would be “the Christian century” (16). It seemed like it was not
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