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God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis

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What does the future hold for European Christianity? Is the Christian church doomed to collapse under the weight of globalization, Western secularism, and a flood of Muslim immigrants? Is Europe, in short, on the brink of becoming "Eurabia"?
Though many pundits are loudly predicting just such a scenario, Philip Jenkins reveals the flaws in these arguments in God's Contine
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published May 11th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 5th 2007)
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Tim Woody
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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This book is a response to the Islamification of Europe. Philip Jenkins does a good job addressing birth rate(which he says is much lower among most Muslim nations, comparable to most European nations) Secularization, and Historical constraints to show that the fear of Eurabia is not as clear as some would think.

This is a long book, and it seems to have drug on for about 100 pages more than it needed to in order to make his point. He readdresses things that he mentioned previously that doesn't
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John
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Philip Jenkins, a scholar at Penn State and more recently Baylor, has written many books, the majority on themes relating to trends in religion. I think his books on the growth of Christianity in the Global South are particularly good.
Here, he looks at what happened to Christianity in the North, specifically in Europe. Jenkins makes the case that Christianity isn't dead in Europe as some suppose, although he doesn't make it appear alive and well either. He also argues that Islam isn't quite so
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David
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Some commentators say that in the coming decades Europe will become a Muslim dominated area due to immigration from Islamic countries, high birth rates among Muslims in Europe and low birth rates from other Europeans. Jenkins questions this common understanding, arguing that we cannot be sure what the future of Europe holds while agreeing that the growth of Islam will greatly shape the continent in the future. At the same time, many immigrants from Asia and Africa to Europe are Christians, likel ...more
Rachael
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty balanced assessment of the future of Islam in Europe. Jenkins does not hold back from pointing out dangerous ideas and movements when necessary but also holds back from mere fear mongering. He rightly draws attention to the fact that the next generation of Muslim immigrants are likely to be more europanized- have a similar birthrate, be rather secular, etc., and because of this likely change it is difficult to see how precisely Islam will change the European landscape. He also p ...more
Diane
Oct 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book looks at Europe's religious future. The first half is dedicated to Christianity, while the second half focuses on Islam. It ends with an attempt at synthesis and prediction. On the whole, the author is much more optimistic about the future of Christianity in Europe than most other observers are. He also believes that Islam is not as strong a force in Europe as is commonly supposed. Overall, the author presents important data, but he may be too optimistic in some ways.
Joel Thornton
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very insightful, full of well researched information regarding the state of religion in Europe. Surprisingly, Jenkins sees more hope than most who are writing on the subject of religion, espeicially Christianity, in Europe. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the state of spiritual life in Europe.
ben
Aug 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a very detailed, academic discussion of the contemporary religious and cultural struggles in Europe. London definitely is one of the hot beds and being a history major I appreciated the breadth of his research and descriptions.
Justin
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
The sheer amount of information provided in this book was very interesting. However, even though the author limited his own personal conclusions to a somewhat minimal level, I found myself disagreeing somewhat with his conclusions frequently.
Sam Marlowe
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thorough analysis on Muslim immigration to Europe and its associated fears. Presents stunning yet convincing views on the future pattern.
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Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
some interesting insights.
Scott
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
A well-considered look at the religious situation in Europe, showing that religion is hardly disappearing in "secular Europe," but rather entering a new phase.
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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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“While nobody can pretend that Christian religious practice is thriving in most of Europe, the situation is nothing as grim as some recent accounts suggest, nor do the population statistics justify the portrait of a wholesale barbarian invasion from Muslim lands.” 0 likes
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