Philip Jenkins charts developments in the Two-Thirds World
Sunday Adelaja's story sounds like the start of a bad joke: "Did you hear about the African who tried to start a church in the Soviet Union?"
For over a thousand years, Christian communities flourished in India. Their first real identity crisis? The arrival of European Catholics.
The vast majority of Africa's christians belong to familiar, mainstream denominations. But scholars give more attention to the minority.
In the ninth century, Timothy I was a global statesman. In the 20th, Raphael Bidawid led a tiny denomination in the paranoid Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
Ever since Westerners discovered Asian cultures they have been intrigued by possible relationships between Christianity and Buddhism.
Philip Jenkins is professor of history at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion and author of The Great and Holy War and The Many Faces of Christ.
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