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

Paperback | November 15, 2008

byPhilip 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 the future of Christianity. In that volume, Jenkins called the world's attention to the little noticed fact that Christianity'scenter of gravity was moving inexorably southward, to the point that Africa may soon be home to the world's largest Christian populations. 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, in the global South, 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, until veryrecently a society of peasants, farmers, and small craftsmen. 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 tothe global South with a vividness and authenticity simply 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 alsofinding 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.

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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 the future of Christianity. In that volume, Jenkins called the world's attention to the little noticed fact that Christianity'scenter of gravity was moving inexorably sou...

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He has published widely on contemporary religious phenomena, but is best known for the highly acclaimed The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity . The book served as the basis for a highly influential cover story...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Shall the Fundamentalists Win?2. Power in the Book3. Old and New4. Poor and Rich5. Good and Evil6. Persecution and Vindication7. Women and Men8. North and SouthAppendix 1: Psalm 91Appendix 2: The Epistle of JamesAbbreviationsNotesScripture IndexIndex

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"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"In this compelling sequel, Jenkins probes more deeply the differences between northern and southern Christianity, examining various elements that characterize Christian life, especially belief in the Bible.... Jenkins's prescient religious histories offer brilliant insights on the state of modernChristianity."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"By introducing the world of southern Christianity to a northern audience, Mr. Jenkins has thus done a good deed for people on both sides of the equator."--Wall Street Journal"An important new book by one of the preeminent scholars of contemporary Christianity. Perhaps more than any other church historian in the affluent north, Philip Jenkins understands how the church of the global South will transform Christian faith in the world. The New Faces of Christianitychallenges our usual reading of the Bible with profound insights from Christians who help us re-learn truths that much of Western Christianity has forgotten. Like his ground-breaking The Next Christendom, this is absolutely essential reading for all who are seeking to understand the future of thechurch in the 21stcentury." --Jim Wallis, Editor of Sojourners and author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It"Philip Jenkins has written another essential book. Finally, we have a place to turn for a clear, balanced, and comprehensive explanation of the ongoing revival in the southern hemisphere. I cannot imagine a better rendering of these issues." --Ted Haggard, President of the National Association ofEvangelicals