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Encounter: How Many Christianities Are There?

  • Upper Fellowship Room 1435 Cliff Drive Santa Barbara, CA, 93109 United States (map)

How Many Christianities Are There?

Christianity is the largest religion in the world, yet its immense diversity raises questions about what is common to all Christians. Is Christianity one or many? What are the challenges and opportunities for relating well to other Christians? Join us as Dr. Charles Farhadian from Westmont College explores these questions and more. Light desserts, coffee, and tea will be provided.

RSVP for childcare to by October 15th.


Charles Farhadian is professor of world religions and Christian mission, with research interests on the relationship between religions and cultures, particularly Christianity in non-Western contexts, world Christianity, comparative missiology, and religion and globalization. His fieldwork is in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, where he has investigated themes of worship, social history, and nation making. Farhadian’s books include Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement (Baker Academic), Christianity, Islam, and Nationalism in Indonesia (Routledge), Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices (Eerdmans), The Testimony Project: Papua (Deiyai, Papua), Introducing World Christianity (Wiley-Blackwell), co-editor with Lewis Rambo Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion (Oxford) and consulting editor, Handbook of Popular Spiritual Movements in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia (Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity Theological Seminary, Singapore). 

Dr. Farhadian studied at Seattle Pacific University (BA), Yale University (MDIV), and Boston University (PhD).

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