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

Hardback|May 2007
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What does the future hold for European Christianity? Is the Christian church doomed to collapse under the weight of globalisation, Western secularism, and a flood of Muslim immigrants? Is Europe, in short, on the brink of becoming “Eurabia”? Though many...


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What does the future hold for European Christianity? Is the Christian church doomed to collapse under the weight of globalisation, 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 Continent and offers a much more measured assessment of Europe’s religious future. While frankly acknowledging current tensions, Jenkins shows, for instance, that the overheated rhetoric about a Muslim-dominated Europe is based on politically convenient myths: that Europe is being imperiled by floods of Muslim immigrants, exploding Muslim birth-rates, and the demise of European Christianity. He points out that by no means are Muslims the only new immigrants in Europe. Christians from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe are also pouring into the Western countries, and bringing with them a vibrant and enthusiastic faith that is helping to transform the face of European Christianity. Jenkins agrees that both Christianity and Islam face real difficulties in surviving within Europe’s secular culture. But instead of fading away, both have adapted, and are adapting. Yes, the churches are in decline, but there are also clear indications that Christian loyalty and devotion survive, even as institutions crumble. Jenkins sees encouraging signs of continuing Christian devotion in Europe, especially in pilgrimages that attract millions - more in fact than in bygone “ages of faith.”
The third book in an acclaimed trilogy that includes The Next Christendom and The New Faces of Christianity, God’s Continent offers a realistic and historically grounded appraisal of the future of Christianity in a rapidly changing Europe.

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Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State University. He is the author of Dream Catchers: How Mainstream America Discovered Native Spirituality, Beyond Tolerance: Child Pornography and the Internet, and many other books. He lives in University Park, Pennsylvania.
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What does the future hold for European Christianity? Is the Christianchurch 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, PhilipJenkins reveals the flaws in these arguments in God's Continent and offers amuch more measured assessment of Europe's religious future. While franklyacknowledging current tensions, Jenkins shows, for instance, that the overheatedrhetoric about a Muslim-dominated Europe is based on politically convenientmyths: that Europe is being imperiled by floods of Muslim immigrants, explodingMuslim birth-rates, and the demise of European Christianity. He points out thatby no means are Muslims the only new immigrants in Europe. Christians fromAfrica, Asia, and Eastern Europe are also pouring into the Western countries,and bringing with them a vibrant and enthusiastic faith that is helping totransform the face of European Christianity. Jenkins agrees that bothChristianity and Islam face real difficulties in surviving within Europe'ssecular culture. But instead of fading away, both have adapted, and areadapting. Yes, the churches are in decline, but there are also clear indicationsthat Christian loyalty and devotion survive, even as institutions crumble.Jenkins sees encouraging signs of continuing Christian devotion in Europe,especially in pilgrimages that attract millions--more in fact than in bygone"ages of faith."The third book in an acclaimed trilogy that includes The Next Christendomand The New Faces of Christianity, God's Continent offers a realistic andhistorically grounded appraisal of the future of Christianity in a rapidlychanging Europe.
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Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) has taught at Penn State University since 1980, and currently holds the rank of Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in History and Religious Studies. His book The Next Christendom was named one of the top religion books of 2002 by USA Today. He has published articles and op-ed pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and other top media outlets. Most recently he has released The Lost History Of Christianity and Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

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