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Named one of the top religion books of 2002 by USA Today, Philip Jenkins's phenomenally successful The Next Christendom permanently changed the way people think about the future of Christianity. In that volume, Jenkins called the world's attention to the little noticed fact that Christianity's center of gravity was moving inexorably southward, to the point that Africa may

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Published July 31st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Fascinating. I only give it 4 stars because Jenkins has a rhythm to his presentation that is at times a little problematic for me. He states a generalization (i.e., Global South churches love the Old Testament more than we (Euro-American churches) do), then he qualifies that statement with a few examples of how that isn't terribly true, but then closes with an onslaught of various examples from countries all over that lend credibility to the statement once more. The issue I take with this, and o ...more
The majority of Christians today live south of the equator. The growth of Christianity in parts of the South has been astounding, Philip Jenkins points out in this intriguing book. In Africa, the number of Christians grew from 10 million to 360 million between 1900 and 2000, from 10 percent of the population to 46 percent.
"If that is not, quantitatively, the largest religious change in human history in such a short period, I am at a loss to think of a rival," he writes.
This is reflected, in a sm
Laura Jean
3.5 stars?

I was excited to read this book, a sweeping overview of trends in Biblical interpretation in the global South, and it presents a lot of material that will be new to most Christians in the global North, and does so in a very readable manner.

I was annoyed that I didn't realize until I bought the book he (mostly) left Latin America out of his analysis. And then I was annoyed again when he brought it in selectively when he felt it supported the points he wanted to make. I was willing to b
Tait Sougstad
The main thesis of the book is that the the Christian demographic is shifting ever southward into the Majority World, and is consequently experiencing (and will continue to experience) a shift in the way the Bible is used, interpreted, and applied. He provides a thorough survey of examples to demonstrate how worldviews, economic situations, gender roles, social systems, and a host of other cultural conditions shape one's acceptance, understanding, and practice of Christianity. These are not as c ...more
This book focuses on the growth of Christianity in the developing world, as well as explaining how developing world Christians perceive their faith. The author emphasizes how today's developing world resembles the world of the Bible, and how people living in such a world draw strength from the teachings of their faith. At times, the author contrasts this world with that of Christianity in Europe and North America, but he doesn't go in to very many details. He also claims that there is a great de ...more
This book serves more of a contemporary Christian anthropology rather than a theology. That being said, Jenkins' research proves quite interesting. The true low point of his study is that he never defines what exactly he means by Christian, thus bringing the rest of his research into question. As he is quoting numbers and statistics of believers in the global south as apposed to the north the simple question of "who exactly does this represent" looms close in mind.

I also expected Jenkins to be
Debbie Blane
Wide ranging book. I thought it was well written and thought provoking. Good discussions of what is meant by the belief that the African church is more conservative than the Western church. Also gives a new perspective on theology. No longer is Western theology a given, other theologies are becoming mainstream. We will know that there is a real difference when we see books on "North American theology".
Christianity is growing rapidly in Africa, southeast Asia, and in general throughout the Global south. Jenkins investigated this growth in his previous book "The Next Christendom" and in this well-done follow-up he focuses on the nature of these churches in terms of belief and practice.
David Bonikowsky
This was one of the most educational books I remember reading any time recently. A fascinating study on how the Bible resonates in cultures other than the western ones.
Eric Molicki
Very disappointed in this work. Needed some serious editing and his theological convictions that differ with Biblical convictions lead to a constantly unhelpful slant.
Ryan Stock
This book gave me a lot of perspective on world Missions. A lot of information and stats and so on, but the general gist of it really widened my worldview.
Dan Scott
This work exposes the European and North American Christian to how believers in other regions of the world read the scripture. Top notch work.
Brittany Petruzzi
I feel like I keep copying Gwen, but yeah. Just as eye opening as The Next Christendom, if not more.
Douglas Wilson
A wake up call for pretty much everybody in the liberal church who does not want to wake up.
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Gwen Burrow
Read this after The Next Christendom. Jenksins is still eye-opening.
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Philip Jenkins was born in Wales in 1952. He was educated at Clare College, in the University of Cambridge, where he took a prestigious “Double First” degree—that is, Double First Class Honors. In 1978, he obtained his doctorate in history, also from Cambridge. Since 1980, he has taught at Penn State University, and currently holds the rank of Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities. He is a ...more
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