A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance
By Fred Zaspel
We are very pleased to see this excellent new arrival from our friend Dr. Steve Davis. His Rise of French Laïcité: French Secularism from the Reformation to the Twenty-first Century, selected for inclusion in Pickwick Publications’ Evangelical Missiological Society Monograph Series, tracks progress of secularism in France from the time of the Reformation to today. France is “ahead” of most of the world in terms of distancing public life from (especially Christian) religion, and Davis’s well-researched volume provides an important lesson in French history, with much-needed application to missionaries to France, and concludes with a chapter entitled, “Conclusion and Implications for the Gospel.” Such a work is of course very relevant to Americans also as we follow in this secular slide.
Congratulations are in order to Dr. Davis, and we are happy to commend this new book!
Stephen M. Davis is an elder at Grace Church (gracechurchphilly.org). He and his wife Kathy have been engaged in church planting in the US, France, and Romania since 1982. He earned a DMin in Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. He is the author of Crossing Cultures: Preparing Strangers for Ministry in Strange Places (Wipf & Stock, 2019) and Urban Church Planting: Journey into a World of Depravity, Density, and Diversity (Resource Publications, 2019).
See here for his previous book, Urban Church Planting: Journey into a World of Depravity, Density, and Diversity.
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RISE OF FRENCH LAÏCITÉ: FRENCH SECULARISM FROM THE REFORMATION TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Stephen M. Davis