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Introduction

WithGiselle Vincett, Elijah Obinna

However, as we have read and re-read these chapters, it seems to us that there are many widespread trends that recur amongst Christians worldwide that have been under-emphasized in academic literature. In particular, we are struck by the recurring theme of what Vincett has called ‘performance Christianity’ (2012), of the increasingly common phenomenon of ‘mixed’ Christianities which borrow, incorporate or are influenced by other religions, and, perhaps most importantly,

of the flexibility of Christianity – of the ability of individuals and communities to shape their Christianity according to local forms of modernity. Similarly, although there is plenty of evidence here of the ways in which globalization has affected Christianity, the continued importance of local geographical (and hence differing social) contexts is noteworthy.