Christianity’s demographics, vitality, and influence have tipped markedly toward the global South and East. Addressing this seismic shift, one of America’s leading church historians shows how studying world Christianity changed and enriched his understanding of the nature of the faith as well as of its history.
Drawing on personal experience, Mark Noll shows how coming to view human culture as created by God was an important gift he received from the historical study of world Christian diversity, which then led him to a deeper theological understanding of Christianity itself. Along the way, Noll shows how he came to enjoy greater respect for the particulars of the Christian tradition in which he was nurtured as he began studying Christian traditions that differed greatly from what he had known.
“Any new book by Mark Noll is undoubtedly a cause for excitement, both for myself and for anyone interested in the history of Christianity. I am especially delighted by From Every Tribe and Nation, which takes the literature on world Christianity to a whole new level.” – Philip Jenkins, Baylor University
“Many of us have learned so much from what Mark Noll has taught us about the past. But now we have the book that we have been hoping he would also write: a marvelous, personal account of his own journey thus far.” – Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Mark Noll takes his readers on a fascinating journey in which they can share his enthusiasm of discovery regarding one of the most remarkable developments within recent memory: the burgeoning of Christianity around the globe. Noll’s range of expertise is truly wonderful, and he offers a host of insights along the way.” – George Marsden, University of Notre Dame
“I recommend [this book] highly. . . . [It has] a thread of personal narrative interwoven with the larger story, and for some readers that will be particularly compelling.” – John Wilson, Books & Culture
Mark A. Noll (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is the Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. One of the nation’s most distinguished practitioners of American religious history, he is the author of dozens of books, including Turning Points, America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, and Is the Reformation Over?