CANCELED: Introducing the World Christian Encyclopedia

Starts:
3:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020
Ends:
4:30 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020
URL:
http://www.bu.edu/cura
Address:
121 Bay State Rd.
Room:
Riverside Room
Contact Organization:
CURA
Contact Name:
Arlene Brennan
Contact Phone:
3535241
Fees:
free
Speakers:
Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D and Gina Zurlo, Ph.D
Audience:
public
CURA will host a book talk with Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D and Gina Zurlo, Ph.D on the publication of the new edition of their book World Christian Encyclopedia. This year marks the publication of a seminal reference work: the 3rd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Edinburgh University Press). The history of the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE) goes back to a meeting of Christian researchers in 1968 who planned to update a series of handbooks (World Christian Handbook) with data on Protestant churches around the world. David B. Barrett, Ph.D., an Anglican missionary in Kenya, wanted to expand the handbook to include all Christian churches including Orthodox, Catholics and what was later called Independents (in particular, new expressions of African Christianity). Dr. Barrett, in collaboration with an ecumenical team around the world, produced the first edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia in 1982 after 14 years of arduous, detailed quantitative research. He documented the existence of 22,000 Christian denominations and, for the first time, represented all Christian traditions in a single volume. The WCE was hailed as a “miracle from Nairobi” in TIME magazine, and Dr. Barrett presented a copy to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia was published in 2001 and added a comprehensive list of the world’s peoples and languages with their status in relation to the presence of Christianity. Like the previous two editions, third edition of the WCE includes data on Christianity down to the denominational level in every country of the world, plus data on 18 categories of religion. The quantitative analysis is paired with historical context of Christianity in each country. The third edition differs from previous editions in its efforts to highlight pressing social issues of today’s world, ranging from conflict and violence, persecution, politics, and theological education to medical ministries, and gender inequality.