New Release: The Unexpected Christian Century

Cover ArtIn 1900 many assumed the twentieth century would be a Christian century because Western “Christian empires” ruled most of the world. What happened instead is that Christianity in the West declined dramatically, the empires collapsed, and Christianity’s center moved to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific.

How did this happen so quickly? Respected scholar and teacher Scott Sunquist surveys the most recent century of Christian history, highlighting epochal changes in global Christianity. He also suggests lessons we can learn from this remarkable global Christian reversal.


“It would be hard to overestimate the valuable contribution Scott Sunquist has made to our understanding of the global Christian movement.” – Gerald L. Sittser, Whitworth University

“This book provides a learned overview of major themes in twentieth-century world Christianity.” – Dana L. Robert, Boston University

“Full of surprises, this is an astounding, fast-moving story, whose latest chapter was not and could not have been predicted by earlier generations of church historians.” – Jonathan J. Bonk, Overseas Ministries Study Center

The Unexpected Christian Century sheds considerable light on Christianity’s prospects in this century by reviewing the last. A valuable addition to a vital discourse.” – Jehu J. Hanciles, Emory University

“This volume could be Sunquist’s best offering yet.” – J. Nelson Jennings, Overseas Ministries Study Center

“A godsend for opening up a vitally important history and pointing the way toward responsible Christian life in the future.” – Mark A. Noll (from the foreword)


Scott W. SunquistScott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Intercultural Studies and professor of world Christianity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He previously served as professor of world Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Sunquist is the author of the Christianity Today Book Award winner Understanding Christian Mission, coauthor of the multivolume History of the World Christian Movement, and coeditor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity.

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  1. Dr. Aaldert Prins says:

    Seems to be indispensable for our library & readinglist for our studentes.