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How does the American church fit into the global picture of Christianity?
Most accounts of Christian history locate the center of Christianity in the West-Europe as its cradle, North America as its greatest success-and the global majority relegated to the periphery. But the field has changed, world Christianity has taken on a new shape and new prominence.
In The New Shape of World Christianity, Mark Knoll articulates the historical progression of the North American church from its beginnings to its current state: a highly entrepreneurial, voluntary enterprise that often neglects its connection to the overarching thrust of the historical church. But connected it is: to what extent, Noll asks, does this American experience illuminate or inform the growth of the church in the majority world.