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  1. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
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  2. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

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In this new and substantially expanded Third Edition, Philip Jenkins continues to illuminate the remarkable expansion of Christianity in the global South - in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Drawing upon the extensive new scholarship that has appeared on this topic in recent years, he asks how the new Christianity is likely to affect the poor, among whom it finds its most devoted adherents. How should we interpret the enormous success of prosperity churches across the Global South? Politically, what will be the impact of new Christian movements? Will Christianity contribute to liberating the poor, to give voices to the previously silent, or does it threaten only to bring new kinds of division and conflict? Does Christianity liberate women, or introduce new scriptural bases for subjection?

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This book advances a fascinating thesis, that even whilst the Western world heads towards post-Christendom, Christianity is actually growing and expanding as a worldwide phenomenon. This next Christendom is moving southwards, flourishing in the non-Western regions of Latin America, Africa and Asia. It is also evolving into a different kind of Christendom, less culturally Eurocentric and more charismatic and evangelical. The book devotes much attention to these new and vibrant expressions of the faith, showing especially the steady process of indigenisation of faith practices once imported from the West. Consequently, Jenkins posits a growing divergence in the brand of Christianity practised in the West vs. the "majority world". Altogether, the book serves as a tremendous eye-opener on the trajectory of Christian growth in the coming decades and raises uncomfortable questions over the future of Western Christianity.
A MUST READ for every evangelical Christian, especially Americans. American Christians really need to see and open minds to see what's going on in the Christian world outside of this country and culture.

Words cannot describe how much I appreciate Philip Jenkins for writing this book. He nailed the issue. I bought this book firstly in this English version, then later bought its Chinese version.
This book describes well the phenomenon of RAPID CHURCH GROWTH I observed during 15 years as a Lutheran missionary in Liberia, 10 years as a missionary in Peru and visits and stays in: Nigeria, Kenya, Hong Kong, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, and Japan. Dr. Jenkins has documented important trends for Christendom all over the world. We pray that Christians everywhere will learn to love each other, and allow people in every situation to grow into the fullness of Christ at their own pace by the leading of the Holy Spirit. J. Wold
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