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THEO 251 - Global Christianity: Getting Started

An examination of Christian religious change and its impact on societies around the world and focuses on the size and geographic distribution of the world’s Christian population.

CLICsearch - Audio search


This guide provides a number of useful resources. Use the tabs above to explore these resources concerning Comparative Religion.

  • Finding Books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
  • Finding Articles--good places to start when searching for journal articles
  • Websites--links to websites that may provide supplementary material

Note: Many of the resources listed here are limited to use by members of  The University of St. Thomas community (faculty, staff and students). If you are using the Guide off-campus, it will ask for a brief login to identify yourself as a member of The University of St. Thomas community before you can use these resources.

"Gaudium et Spes:..the Church in the Modern World" -- Key Document from Vatican II

Ecumenical Impact:  The document has made a huge influence on the social teachings of the wider Christian churches and communities, especially the churches that belong to the World Council of Churches.

Key Texts

Theology of Faithful Presence

Theology of Inculturation is a term used in Christianity, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, referring to the adaptation of the way Church teachings are presented to other cultures and how those cultures influence the evolution of these teachings...

"For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new. … The Church evangelizes when she seeks to convert, solely through the divine power of the message she proclaims, both the personal and collective consciences of people, the activities in which they engage, and the lives and concrete milieu which are theirs."

Evangelii Nuntiandi (Section 18)

Vatican II; Nostra Aetate

“The Church rejects, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.” 

Nostra Aetate, #5

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

World Council of Churches

Off Campus Access


Online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the UST Libraries are licensed for use by the St. Thomas community ONLY.  Because of this restriction, we need to verify that anyone accessing these databases is a current member of the St. Thomas community.

Subject Guide

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Curt LeMay
Library Director / Theological Librarian
The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
Mail # IRL
Office - 101 Ireland Library
Library Liaison for Theology
Telephone: 651-962-5451
Fax: 651-962-5460

Pew Global Christianity Report - Vital Resource - very helpful

Articles on Christianity Today

Library of Congress Program