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Global Migrations and Christian Witness

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VST Summer School Public Lecture

Join VST's Visiting Distinguished Scholar Dr. Jehu Hanciles for a fascinating look at the spread of Christianity as it became a global religion.

Drawing on his extensive scholarship on the history of Christianity, Dr. Hanciles offers a fresh take on the roles of formal mission and natural human patterns of movement in global exposure to the Christian faith.

After surveying church history from its humble beginnings through to 1500 CE, Dr. Hanciles proposes that contrary to popular belief, natural human migration and the sharing of ideas and beliefs that accompanies those movements, more so than institutional missions, is most responsible for Christianity's blossoming into a global religion.

For more on Dr. Hancile's work in this area, you may enjoy Migration and the Making of Global Christianity (2021).

Dr. Jehu J. Hanciles is the D.W. and Ruth Brooks Professor of World Christianity and the Director of the World Christianity Program at the Candler School of Theology. He has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Scotland, Zimbabwe, and the United States and been a visiting professor around the world. Prior to Candler, Hanciles was associate professor of the history of Christianity and globalization and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary.


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