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The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 13, 2011 John rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Sep 19, 2013 Tait Sougstad rated it really liked it
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
Feb 24, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
While the western Church vacillates on just about every issue imaginable and the culture basically goes off into outer darkness, God is raising up a people who are hungry for the word of God. This book will encourage the faithful.
Sep 27, 2008 Diane rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2010 Nathaniel rated it liked it
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
Nov 19, 2009 Debbie Blane rated it it was amazing
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".
Feb 29, 2008 David rated it really liked it
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.
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Jul 16, 2014 David Bonikowsky rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jan 20, 2013 Eric Molicki rated it did not like it
Shelves: church-history
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
Dec 12, 2011 Ryan Stock rated it really liked it
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
Sep 29, 2012 Dan Scott rated it it was amazing
This work exposes the European and North American Christian to how believers in other regions of the world read the scripture. Top notch work.
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Jul 09, 2012 Brittany Petruzzi rated it really liked it
I feel like I keep copying Gwen, but yeah. Just as eye opening as The Next Christendom, if not more.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 14, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
A wake up call for pretty much everybody in the liberal church who does not want to wake up.
Jul 09, 2009 Karina marked it as to-read
Recommended to Karina by: American Papist
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Jun 15, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it really liked it
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Read this after The Next Christendom. Jenksins is still eye-opening.
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John 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 ...more
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