Next Christendom The Coming of Global Christianity

ISBN-10: 0195168917
ISBN-13: 9780195168914
Edition: 2004
Authors: Philip Jenkins
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Description: By the year 2,050 only one Christian in five will be non-Latino and white, and the center of gravity of the Christian world will have shifted firmly to the Southern Hemisphere. The Next Christendom is the first book to take the full measure of the  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 9.09" wide x 6.10" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

By the year 2,050 only one Christian in five will be non-Latino and white, and the center of gravity of the Christian world will have shifted firmly to the Southern Hemisphere. The Next Christendom is the first book to take the full measure of the changing face of the Christian faith. Philip Jenkins shows that the churches that have grown most rapidly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are often more morally conservative and apocalyptic than their northern counterparts. Mysticism, puritanism, faith-healing, exorcism, and dream-visions--concepts which more liberal western churches have traded in for progressive political and social concerns--are basic to these newer churches. And the effects of such beliefs on global politics, Jenkins argues, will be enormous, as religious identification begins to take precedence over allegiance to secular nation-states. Indeed, as Christianity grows in regions where Islam is also expected to increase we may even see a return to the religious wars of the past, fought out with renewed intensity and high-tech weapons far surpassing the swords and spears of the middle ages.

Philip Jenkins is professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. His many books include Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Social Crisis.

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Maps
The Christian Revolution
Disciples of All Nations
Missionaries and Prophets
Standing Alone
The Rise of the New Christianity
Coming to Terms
God and the World
The Next Crusade
Coming Home
Seeing Christianity Again for the First Time
Notes
Index

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