Intra-Christian Violence and the Problematisation of the World Christian Paradigm

Jason Bruner, David C. Kirkpatrick

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Violence is a crucial lens for inquiring historically into Christianity worldwide. The field of World Christianity, however, has been oriented by a paradigm of growth, success and Christian converts' creative agency. This article establishes the need for a historiographical intervention in the literature on World Christianity through a critical analysis of texts that have formed the field, followed by examinations of anti-Evangelical violence in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico, and Catholic-Protestant conflicts in colonial East Africa. These case studies identify lacunae in the field and suggest that violence has often been a constitutive part of the contextual formation of World Christianity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-397
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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