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"Gracefully written and skillfully argued, The Next Christendom shows the many changes Christianity has undergone and its capacity to survive."--CHOICE


"Philip Jenkins is a prolific writer...The book is well written and carries its reader along...This is an excellent book for theologians, missiologists, and pastors of multicultural congregations. It is essential reading for denominational and institutional strategic planners."--Seminary Studies


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Philip Jenkins is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author of many books and articles, including the acclaimed The Future of Christianity Trilogy, consisting of The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South, and God's Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe's Religious Crisis.
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  • Series: Future of Christianity Trilogy
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199767467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199767465
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 11, 2012
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This is a response to the reviewers who gave the book between 1 and three stars. My primary observation is that there is no way that a book aimed at a popular audience can touch all bases, personalities, issues, and prognostications. Let us be thankful that Jenkins has made known to us something about "Christianity South" and "Christianity East."

I was quite surprised, for example, at the relative growth of Christianity versus Islam in sub-Saharan Africa (by the way, that is everything in Africa south of the Sahara, down to the Cape of Good Hope.) But like some of the complaints from the one and two star reviewers, there is not much said about the explanation for this fact, except to suggest that African Christianity has found its own source of inspiration, and grows on that. It is no longer driven by European and American missionaries. But there is no citation for "Liberation Theology" in the index, which I found odd. This is a sign that the author's primary interest is demographic and social, not theological.

If you order a used copy, you want to be sure you are getting the third edition. I compared the table of contents for the first and third editions, and there is much added, especially on "The Rise of the New Christianity". On a contemporary topic, you will be missing something if you don't have the latest edition.

If you are interested in world Christianity, you can hardly find anything as illuminating as this 3rd Edition popular book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Cheung on April 13, 2012
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Revised in 2010 and published in 2011, this third edition is enlightening. The keys points are: Christianity is projected to remain the biggest faith at least in the next half a century; the center of gravity will be shifting to the "Southern" world, viz. Africa, South America and perhaps even some parts of Asia. These areas are where population growths are and will be highest. Christianity in these burgeoning places are quite different from the so-called "traditionalist" western ones. In these poverty stricken and politically turbulent regions, where supernaturalism still has a bearing, the New Testament has such a verisimilitude that renders the Christian faith relevant and poignant but also otherwise puzzling to the less informed in "the West". Meanwhile, the specter of potential religious conflicts hovers.

A must read for those who are interested in the current state of Christianity, whether one belongs to this faith or not. Four stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on November 5, 2011
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The Next Christendom is a much-needed antidote to the pessimism of so many American Christians about the future of Christianity in the world. Jenkins paints a compelling picture of a vibrant and growing Christian faith in Africa and Asia - a faith with many weaknesses, to be sure, but one that is in many ways on the right track and growing in the right direction.

Christians have confessional reasons to be optimistic about the future of the church - Daniel 2 says the kingdom will grow, and Jesus made it clear that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church he is building. He ascended to heaven as one who has received all authority in heaven and on earth. The church's victory is along the path of suffering and death - but it is victory nonetheless. Jenkins argues that we can see this growth happening around the world. Whatever weaknesses - and even decline - we may think is present in the West, Western Christians need to fight their myopic tendencies and broaden their sense of the kingdom. We should be able to be excited about what God is doing around the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Floyd on August 1, 2013
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The book is very comprehensive and gives detailed insight into what will happen to Christianity in the world both good and bad. Also, it points out news and conflicts which are often neglected by the media but really has great importance in terms of what happens in the world in the future. The severity of the religious conflicts and where we are heading in the future is discussed. Good overview of the subject is given.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Wilson on March 31, 2014
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This is the most incredible, stunningly insightful books on worldwide Christianity in the 21st Century I have read. It should be required reading for every seminarian/church leader, foreign policy student/adviser and politician (of every party).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allen O'Brien on June 6, 2013
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Jenkins does a fantastic job outlining some of the demographic shifts taking shape in the Christian world. From "global North" to "global South," the face of Christianity is no longer (and will no longer be) Eurocentric, American, or Westernized. What that looks like for 2050 is both an interesting and entirely pressing question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2014
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I got a lot of use out of the first edition and when I heard that Dr. Jenkins had redone the book I had to have a look.... there is enough new material that it is worth another look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura L. Galland on December 6, 2013
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Required purchase for college course. Interesting, informative, and excellent resource for multi-cultural and cross-cultural ministries globally and within local communities.
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