The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
As the world has become more globalized, so too has Christianity. In this book, Philip Jenkins looks at how Christian faith is changing as it moves into new countries and cultures. The author explores changes in theology and worship styles, as well as alterations in the structure of congregations and their leadership. He also examines how these changes reflect the different needs of different groups of people around the globe, who are often isolated from one another by language barriers or distance—and yet united by a common belief in Jesus Christ.
The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity is a book written by Philip Jenkins, a professor of history at Penn State University. It was first published in 2002 and has since sold over 30,000 copies.
about The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
The book argues that the wave of Christian missionaries who spread across the globe during the Age of Discovery were not just looking to convert people to their faith; they were also looking to create lasting global communities. These missionaries were responsible for establishing schools, businesses, hospitals, and other organizations that would serve as an infrastructure for future generations of Christians.
According to Jenkins, these efforts have paid off: there are now more Christians than ever before in history—over 2 billion worldwide. And these new converts aren’t just coming from Europe or North America; they’re coming from developing countries all over the world. This shift in demographics is what Jenkins calls “the coming of global Christianity.”