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Action Research 4ed

by Ernest T Stringer SAGE Publications, Inc
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A Moving Faith captures the dynamic shift of Christianity to the South and portrays a global movement that promises prosperity, healing, empowerment, and gender equality by invoking neo-Pentecostal and Charismatic resources. It postulates that neither North America nor Europe is the current center of the Christian faith. The book provides a detailed overview of how migration of Christians from the South enriches the North, for instance, Pope Francis brings newness, freshness, and the vigor characteristic of the South. While describing Christianity and rsquo;s growth in the South, it suggests that, in fact, there is no center for this global faith. It explores this great move of Christianity by focusing on representative mega churches in South Korea, Brazil, Peru, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, India, and the Philippines.

List of Abbreviations
Foreword - Virginia Garrard-Burnett
A Moving Faith: An Introduction - Jonathan D James
Southern Christianity: Key Considerations and Characteristics - Jesudas M Athyal
Doing Greater Things: Mega Church as an African Phenomenon - J Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu
Mega Churches and Megaphones: Nigerian Church Leaders and Their Media Ministries - Walter C Ihejirika and Godwin B Okon
Mega Churches in South Korea: Their Impact and Prospect in the Public Sphere - Sebastian C H Kim
Marketing the Sacred: The Case of Hillsong Church, Australia - Jeaney Yip
Populist Movement to Mega Church: El Shaddai in Manila, Philippines - Katharine L Wiegele
Nurturing Globalized Faith Seekers: Mega Churches in Andhra Pradesh, India - Y A Sudhakar Reddy
Concentrations of Faith: Mega Churches in Brazil - Dennis A Smith and Leonildo S Campos
Evangelical Representations in the Public Sphere: The Peruvian Case - Rolando PĂ©rez
The Southern Factor: Prospects and Challenges - Jonathan D James

'In A Moving Faith by Dr Jonathan James, we see for the first time in a single coherent volume, not only that global Christianity in the mega church is on the rise, but in a concrete way, we are able to observe in detail what this looks like across a wide variety of locations, cultures, and habitus.' Virginia Garrard-Burnett and ldquo;The 21st century and mdash;once predicted by many commentators to be the secular century and mdash;has turned out to be the century of the mega church. Mega churches are to be found in every continent and are not simply to be equated with Pentecostalism. This wide ranging and fascinating collection of essays on mega churches, their media, and marketing strategies opens up the field for further exploration. and rdquo; Brian Stanley and ldquo;Mega churches, usually associated with big independent congregations in America, are seen to be prevalent throughout much of the rest of the world. The chapters in this book offer careful, thoughtful, and perceptive accounts of the mega church phenomenon in the South. All who are concerned not only about the spread, but also the integrity of the Christian faith will greatly appreciate this book which assists us to see the big picture of World Christianity. and rdquo; Professor Mark A. Noll
Jonathan D. James is a researcher and writer on media, religion, and culture. His research interests include cultural globalization, the social effects of new media, new religious movements, indigenization, diaspora Asians in the West, and the image industry in Asia. With an early education in Singapore, and later trained to be a television producer in the USA, Jonathan D. James is currently an adjunct lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Perth, and well known in the Asia-Pacific region as a consultant, lecturer, and guest speaker. His articles have appeared in refereed journals in Australia, the UK, and North America, including The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Studies in World Christianity and Continuum: Journal of Media and Culture.Widely traveled in Asia, North America, and the Pacific, Jonathan D. James is the author of McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics: Televangelism in Contemporary India (SAGE, 2010) and the editor of The Internet and the Google Age (forthcoming, 2014).