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Exploring Anti-Christian Policies in the History of Japan – Part II: The Religious Policy of the Meiji Government

By Yutaka Morishima – Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.  Dr. Yutaka Morishima is a professor and university chaplain at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and a visiting scholar at OMSC in Princeton Theological Seminary (2023-2024). The subject of his Ph.D. dissertation was the Atonement Theology of P.T. Forsyth. He has served as a Protestant church pastor […]

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Exploring Anti-Christian Policies in the History of Japan – Part I: Introduction

By Yutaka Morishima – Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.  Dr. Yutaka Morishima is a professor and university chaplain at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and a visiting scholar at OMSC in Princeton Theological Seminary (2023-2024). The subject of his Ph.D. dissertation was the Atonement Theology of P.T. Forsyth. He has served as a Protestant church pastor

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The Annual Statistical Table for World Christianity 2024: Fragmentation and Unity

by Gina Zurlo, Ph.D. – Co-Director – Center for the Study of Global Christianity   This post is part of The Occasional’s “Numbers and Trends” series, dedicated to sharing work, analysis, and perspectives from our friends and partners at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity based at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   Every January for

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Prayer Camps and Faith-Healing in a Wounded Society in Ghana

By Francis Ethelbert Kwabena Benyah – Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. Dr. Francis Ethelbert Kwabena Benyah is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department for the Study of Religions, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. Benyah also teaches in Åbo Akademi’s international masters programme in social exclusion. He has also served as a PhD guest researcher at

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Women Missionary-Ethnographers in 19th Century China? A Field for Further Research

By Naomi E. Thurston – The Chinese University of Hong Kong   Naomi E. Thurston teaches the history of Christianity in China and researches contemporary Chinese Christianities at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her recent research traces the theological reception of the German Reformed theologian Jürgen Moltmann in Chinese scholarship. She also writes on comparative themes

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The Future of the Gospel is for All Peoples and from All Peoples

by Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D. – Co-Director – Center for the Study of Global Christianity   This post is part of The Occasional’s “Numbers and Trends” series, dedicated to sharing work, analysis, and perspectives from our friends and partners at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity based at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   In October

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Christianity in North America through a Global Christianity lens

by Todd M. Johnson, Ph.D. – Co-Director – Center for the Study of Global Christianity   This post is part of The Occasional’s “Numbers and Trends” series, dedicated to sharing work, analysis, and perspectives from our friends and partners at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity based at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   In 2020,

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The Public Presence of Latin American Pentecostal Communities in a Pandemic Stricken Madrid

By Marten van den Toren-Liefting – PhD researcher at the Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands   Marten was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Utrecht before becoming a PhD candidate in the Department of Intercultural Theology/Missiology at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam|Groningen. Marten strives to incorporate theological and anthropological approaches in

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World Christianity, Mission and Laylayan Theology

By Fides del Castillo – De La Salle University, Philippines  The article World Christianity and Mission 2021: Questions about the Future (2021) by Gina A. Zurlo,  Todd M. Johnson, and Peter F. Crossing provides a recent overview of global Christianity and mission statistics. [1]  The authors assert that Christianity will continue to shift from the

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“Where do you get your numbers?” An inside look into the work of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity

by Gina A. Zurlo, Ph.D. – Co-Director – Center for the Study of Global Christianity   This post is part of The Occasional’s “Numbers and Trends” series, dedicated to sharing work, analysis, and perspectives from our friends and partners at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity based at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   As a

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