(Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2016), 758 pp. isbn 9781405153768 (hbk). Euro 175.00; £140.00.This volume is one of a series of ‘companions to religion’ published by Wiley-Blackwell. It has distinguished editors in Professors Lamin Sanneh and Michael McClymond and is well produced, covering a large number of topics. The contributors are clearly scholars in their own fields and their articles are well written and easy to follow. In particular, the editors are keen to show how Christianity has been translatable, from the very beginning, into the language, idiom and thought- forms of a wide range range of peoples and cultures. Indeed, this theme of ‘translatability’ has been recurrent in Professor Sanneh’s writings. The individual articles illustrate this ‘translatability’ in various ways. And yet there is a vestigial Euro-centricity about the work as a whole. There are only a few non-western contributors and Europe is taken, again and again, as Christianity’s ‘heartland’ in spite of the awareness of ancient Christianity in Armenia, Ethiopia, Nubia, Egypt, Syria, India, etc. To take one example, the importance of monasticism for the emergence of European civilisation is noted and discussed in one article without any acknowledgement that monasticism came to Europe from Asia and Africa, that
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 20, 2018
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