A Global History of Christians

How Everyday Believers Experienced Their World

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"Represents a good combination of evangelical Christian faith and historical scholarship. It should enable evangelicals to see their place in the total story of the Christian movement and to have a greater understanding of non-evangelical Christians."--James A. Cogswell, Missiology

A Global History of Christians probes the history of the church not only in Western civilization but also in its worldwide dimension, emphasizing the social, cultural, and popular aspects of that history.

The book includes depictions of everyday life in various Christian communities, descriptions of native cultures as more than objects of missions, and analyses of key developments in society and economics. Sidebars, photos, illustrations, and maps enhance the text.

Now available in paper. Originally titled God's Peoples.


The Authors

  1. Paul Spickard

    Paul Spickard

    Paul R. Spickard (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  2. Paul R. Spickard

    Paul R. Spickard

    Paul R. Spickard (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  3. Kevin M. Cragg

    Kevin M. Cragg

    Kevin M. Cragg (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is professor of history at Bethel College.

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Reviews

"We highly recommend this book. It not only represents the best in evangelical Christian scholarship in church history but brings to life the living reality of everyday Christians in a readable and enticing manner."--Richard J. Gehman, Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology

"A marvelous book which beautifully covers the scope of worldwide Christianity from a vantage point that opens up entire new vistas of understanding for Christians. This book could well serve as a kind of crossover text, serving both for missions courses and as a supplemental church history text. It is, at times, positively exciting in the way it helps us to break out of 'our box' as western Christians. Both pastors and interested lay readers will profit."--Reformation and Revival

"A remarkably successful job of providing a holistic and integrative presentation of the development of the Christian church-one of the best this reviewer has run across. . . . This is a well done and helpful book. . . . This would be a fine book for a parish library."--Journal of the Lutheran Society for Missiology

"Expect no rote discussion here, and look forward to a healthy mix of faith and historical scholarship. . . . Recommended for academic and theological libraries, for church history classes and study groups, for public library collections offering global Christian history, and for adults seeking to understand the social, cultural, and personal sides of Christian history."--Christian Library Journal

"The book represents a good combination of evangelical Christian faith and historical scholarship. It should enable evangelicals (especially theological students) to see their place in the total story of the Christian movement and to have a greater understanding of non-evangelical Christians."--James A. Cogswell, Missiology

"Students have found the book to be interesting reading, enticing those for whom history formerly had little appeal. . . . Our praise and thanks for a well-crafted piece of work."--Luke L. Keefer Jr., Ashland Theological Journal

"The book . . . is quite reliable. It is recommended for class textbook use and as introductory reading for people who want to know more about the history of the peoples who compose the Christian church."
--Daniel Augsburger, Andrews University Seminary Studies