Prof David Hempton: Towards a theory of Transnational Religious Change
From Victoria Turner
This lecture will define the terms (networks, nodes, and nuclei), explain the choice of dates between two revolutions in communication (print and the internet), and give some concrete historical examples of the tangible benefits of looking at the history of Christianity through transnational flows and networks. This approach allows us to cross national and denominational boundaries and borders, and to think more deeply about the underlying social and cultural conditions promoting or resisting adaptation and change. It also enables us to explore the crossroads or junction boxes where religious personnel and ideas encountered different traditions and from which something new and dynamic emerged.
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