In the beginning of the 21st century, Christianity is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.
Funded by a generous gift from Tandean Rustandy (MBA'07), the Divinity School held two conferences (2019 and 2019) engaging new directions in the academic study of global Christianities. Forging an interdisciplinary conversation, the conferences featured leading scholars in disciplines including theology, history, and classics to reconsider approaches to the study of Christianity in the Middle East, South America, Africa, and Asia.
"Global Christianities" was organized by Divinity School faculty Kevin Hector, Associate Professor of Theology and of the Philosophy of Religions; Dwight N. Hopkins, the Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology; Angie Heo, Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion; and Karin Krause, Assistant Professor of Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture.
The first conference in this series, Global Christianities: New Directions for the 21st Century, was held in April 2018 and featured Stephen Davis, Deirdre De La Cruz, and Jehu Hanciles. The second conference was held in 2019 and featured Adam Becker, Suma Ikeuchi, Eliza F. Kent, Kwok Pui Lan, Jacob Olupona, Dana L. Robert, and Heather J. Sharkey.