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Gordon-Conwell to Celebrate Publication of Atlas of Global Christianity

February 12, 2010

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will celebrate the North American release of the Atlas of Global Christianity with several public events at its South Hamilton, MA, campus Feb. 24.

The atlas, released in Scotland in December, was edited by Dr. Todd Johnson, Gordon-Conwell Research Fellow in Global Christianity, and Dr. Kenneth Ross, Council Secretary of the Church of Scotland World Mission Council.

An important resource for understanding the past century of Christianity, this full-color atlas examines global Christianity since the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference. It is the first to show the shift of the center of Christianity to the Global South, the first to analyze Christian affiliation provincially and the first to study global Christianity ecumenically. Other features include an examination of religious liberty and diversity; an analysis of Christianity by languages, peoples and cities; and historical essays by authors from each region of the world.

The atlas complements the 2001 World Christian Encyclopedia and utilizes information from the encyclopedia’s online successor, the World Christian Database (WCD) at Gordon-Conwell (www.worldchristiandatabase.org). The WCD, founded and edited by Dr. Johnson, provides statistical information on Christianity worldwide and can be used by journalists, scholars, historians and social scientists.

The Feb. 24 events are free and open to the public. They will feature Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ross in a chapel service in the Kaiser Chapel at 9:40 a.m., a workshop on the atlas’ development at 11 a.m. in Academic Center 237 and a lunch forum at 12:15 p.m. in Kerr 418. There will also be a display in the chapel lobby, and the atlas will be available at a significant discount.

More information about the atlas or events is available by contacting Bert Hickman at ahickman@gordonconwell.edu or 978.468.2750.

About the editors
Dr. Todd Johnson directs the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell. He co-authored both the second edition, with David Barrett and George T. Kurianz, of the World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends with David Barrett. He is widely accomplished in missions, evangelization and the study of Christianity.

Dr. Kenneth R. Ross is Honorary Fellow of the Edinburgh University School of Divinity. Since 2001, he has chaired the Scottish Towards 2010 Council, which is helping to celebrate the centenary of the Edinburgh 1910 World Missionary Conference.

About Gordon-Conwell

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational evangelical Protestant graduate school serving more than 2,000 students on campuses in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and at the Jacksonville extension site. Students represent 93 denominations and 39 foreign countries. The seminary ranks sixth largest in size among the 252 seminaries accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Gordon-Conwell offers many degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels and has gained an international reputation for leading faculty in the areas of Biblical Studies, Ministry and Theology.