About CSWCEdinburgh

The Centre for the Study of World Christianity (formerly, the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World) is a research centre in the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Andrew Finlay Walls: A Tribute

Professor Walls in November 2018, after receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

Andrew Finlay Walls, OBE (1928–2021), Honorary Professor of World Christianity, was a pioneering historian of Christian missions and their reception, and in many ways the architect of the field of study now known as world Christianity. Trained as a patristic scholar at the University of Oxford, he went to Sierra Leone in 1957 to teach at Fourah Bay College. There and at the new University of Nsukka in Nigeria (1962–66) he studied the growing churches of Africa and their history.

At the University of Aberdeen where he taught between 1966 and 1986, he became a scholar of international renown, establishing the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World (now known as the Centre for the Study of World Christianity), and supervising many research students who became leaders in both church and academy. The Centre was established as a library and archival resource, documenting the history of missions and the growth of non-western Christianity: the students followed, attracted by the sources. 

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Book Launch: Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity

This is a recording of an online book launch of the festschrift produced in honour of Professor Brian Stanley, Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity (Brill 2020). The launch included comments from two of the contributors, Professor Dana Robert and Dr Marina Wang, and the honouree.

If you are unable to access the video above from YouTube, you can also try watching it from the University of Edinburgh’s Media Hopper service.

What does Jerusalem have to do with the Internet? #YaleEdin2021

On 22 June 2021, the 2021 Yale-Edinburgh conference commenced with the keynote address by Dr Alexander Chow, entitled: What does Jerusalem have to do with the Internet? World Christianity and Digital Culture. We are pleased to make the recording of this keynote publicly available.

If you are unable to access the video above from YouTube, you can also try watching it from the University of Edinburgh’s Media Hopper service.