A Worldly Christian: The Life and Times of Stephen Neill

By Dyron B. Daughrity

A life of the missionary, bishop and ecumenist, Stephen Neill, amid the changes in global Christianity during the twentieth century.

ISBN: 9780718895846


Bishop Stephen Neill was one of the most prolific, accomplished, and fascinating Christian leaders of the global church in the twentieth century. Privileged to live in radically different cultural contexts over the course of his life, Neill was also a supremely gifted individual. He excelled by turns as a missionary, a bishop, an ecumenist, a professor, and a prolific author, all the while travelling around the world to share his tremendous knowledge of the world Christian movement with scholars, clergy and laypersons alike.

This is the first complete biography of this influential figure, and builds on Daughrity’s previous work Bishop Stephen Neill: From Edinburgh to South India (Peter Lang Publications, 2008). It stands to become the authoritative word on a man who understood Christianity’s changing contours better than most during the dramatic diversification that it underwent during his lifetime.

Additional information

Dimensions234 × 156 mm
Illustrations19 b&W

Hardback, Paperback

Trade InformationLPOD

About the Author

Dyron B. Daughrity is the author of ten books and numerous articles in the field of Religious Studies. As Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, he travels to India regularly to research Christianity’s interaction with other faiths. His writing focuses on issues related to world Christianity, church history, and the sociological study of religion.


List of Illustrations

1. Introduction
2. Childhood, Youth and Education: 1900-24
3. Amy Carmichael and Neill’s Early Years in South India: 1924-28
4. An Educator in South India: 1928-39
5. Neill’s Years as Bishop of Tinnevelly: 1939-45
6. Loss of a Bishopric: 1944-45
7. Return to Europe and Ecumenical Labour: 1944-62
8. A Professorship in Hamburg: 1962-68
9. The Nairobi Years: 1969-73
10. Final Years in Oxford: 1973-84