New book on French Secularism

My book has been published under the Pickwick imprint of Wipf & Stock. It was accepted by the Evangelical Missiological Society for their Monograph Series. Rise of French Laïcité: French Secularism from the Reformation to the Twenty-first Century.” Following are some of the endorsements.

“Davis’s masterful treatment of the historical rise of French laique culture provides a foundational understanding for the revolutionary changes in contemporary, French self-understanding as a post-Catholic nation. It also builds a framework for understanding the new secularized consciousness with its contingent practical challenges currently emerging among youth and immigrant populations in France.” –Daniel Sheard, Assistant Professor, John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, Liberty University

“In his book, Rise of French Laicite, Stephen Davis has done what few Anglophones have dared to attempt, address and translate a unique French concept–laicite–for the non-French. In so doing, Davis provides painstaking details as to how and why an understanding of history must inform contemporary social, cultural, and missional engagement.” –Richard Kronk, Assistant Professor of Global Ministries, Toccoa Falls College; former church planter in France (1995-2013)

“Who can understand La Laicite a la Francaise? Often mistranslated, almost always misunderstood, Davis’s historical, sociological, and missiological work meticulously clarifies this complex and fundamental trait of French society. A must-read for all gospel workers who venture onto French soil!” –Raphael Anzenberger, Director, RZIM France

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