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New Faces of Christianity Believing the Bible in the Global South

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ISBN-10: 0195368517

ISBN-13: 9780195368512

Edition: 2008

Authors: Philip Jenkins

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Named one of the top religion books of 2002 by USA Today, Philip Jenkins' phenomenally successful The Next Christendom permanently changed the way people think about Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Now, in this brilliant sequel, Jenkins takes a much closer look at Christianity in the global South, revealing what it is like, and what it means for the future. The faith of the South, Jenkins finds, is first and foremost a Biblical faith. Indeed, many Christians identify powerfully with the world portrayed in the New Testament--an agricultural world very much like their own, marked by famine and plague, poverty and exile. In the global South, as in the biblical world, belief in spirits and witchcraft are commonplace, and in many places--such as Nigeria, Indonesia, and Sudan--Christians are persecuted just as early Christians were. Thus the Bible speaks to them with a vividness and authenticity unavailable to most believers in the industrialized North. More important, Jenkins shows that throughout the global South, believers are reading the Bible with fresh eyes, and coming away with new and sometimes startling interpretations. Some of their conclusions are distinctly fundamentalist, but Jenkins finds an intriguing paradox, for they are also finding ideas in the Bible that are socially liberating, especially with respect to women's rights. Across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, such Christians are social activists in the forefront of a wide range of liberation movements. Anyone interested in the implications of these trends for the major denominations, for Muslim-Christian conflict, and for global politics will find The New Faces of Christianity provocative and incisive--and indispensable. "Jenkins's prescient religious histories offer brilliant insights on the state of modern Christianity." --Publishers Weekly "An engaging book that invites--no, compels--rethinking the future of the global Christian movement." --Richard John Neuhaus, Editor-in-Chief of First Things "Gracefully and cogently synthesizing mountains of research, Jenkins illuminates a crucial aspect of the burgeoning 'Two-Thirds World' Christianity that he called attention to in The Next Christendom." --Booklist
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.90" wide x 5.70" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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.

Shall the Fundamentalists Win?
Power in the Book
Old and New
Poor and Rich
Good and Evil
Persecution and Vindication
Women and Men
North and South
Psalm 91
The Epistle of James
Abbreviations
Notes
Scripture Index
Index