Translating Christianity

Methuen, C., Spicer, A. and Ditchfield, S. (Eds.) (2017) Translating Christianity. Series: Studies in Church History. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781108419246

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‘Translating Christianity’ is the theme of Studies in Church History 53. Christianity has been the impulse behind the creation of more dictionaries and grammars of the world’s languages than any other force in history. More people pray and worship in more languages in Christianity than in any other religion. It is a religion without a revealed language; a faith characterized, in the not-uncontroversial words of Lamin Sanneh, by ‘the triumph of its translatability’. Christianity is also a translated religion in a very different sense. Many of its ritual practice have been predicated on the translation of material objects, such as relics. Their movement in time and space reveals shifting lines of power and influence in illuminating ways. Translation can also be understood not only linguistically and physically but also in ecclesiastical and metaphorical terms, for instance, in the handing on of authority from one place or person to another, or the appropriation of rituals in different contexts. Under the Presidency of Professor Simon Ditchfield (York), this volume brings together scholars including Joel Cabrita (Cambridge), James H. Grayson (Sheffield), Scott F. Johnson (Oklahoma), Anne E. Lester (Boulder, Colorado) and Joan-Pau Rubiès (Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona), to explore the diverse and rich challenges of translating Christianity.

Item Type:Edited Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Methuen, Professor Charlotte
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:26 May 2017

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