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Philip Jenkins is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities, Penn State University. He lives in University Park, PA.
Assessing the religious climate of Europe has always been a challenge, mostly because the secularized media pay no heed to religious trends. Consequently, it is easy to imagine the continent of Europe becoming in 50 years a "Eurabia" of sorts. Jenkins (history & religious studies, Penn State Univ.) insists, however, that Europe is still "God's Continent" and gives the reader an impressive review of the many Christian successes in Europe since the end of World War II. As his bibliography exemplifies, he has made extensive use of Internet sources to discover these successes, and he weaves an inspiring story of new beginnings in many countries, from the British Isles to Ukraine. He also draws apt comparisons between Europe and the United States and shows how the current religious intolerance of secularized Europe complicates matters for both Christianity and Islam. This is the third excellent volume in the author's already popular trilogy of Christianity. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Gary Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"A gem, abounding in sparkling points, telling anecdotes, observations and statistics." --Philosophy Now"Philip Jenkins is an excellent guide as we think about Christianity, Islam, and secularism in 21st-century Eruope and in the world more generally." --Books & Culture"God's Continent is a seminal exploration of religious Europe by a prolific and insightful author. Present assessments and future claims about Europe will be markedly deficient without an awareness of Jenkins' contribution." --Evangelical Missions Quarterly"Philip Jenkins gives a realistic and historically well grounded evaluation of the future of Christianity in secular and globalizing Europe. . . Seldom have I read a book with such an intellectual pleasure and lively interest as Jenkins' God's Continent. Written in a clear style and supported by solid arguments it helps to understand the processes happening in Europe and the European world we live in."--Anthropos." . . A rich and stimulating read that helps draw a useful and constructive map of a terrain that is extremely important and deeply contested."--International Journal of Public Theology "A novel-like book that's impossible to put down."--Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline "Any book by Philip Jenkins is useful, but especially God's Continent: Christainity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis and The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity."--The Economist "A sweeping survey at least partly aimed at defusing the kind of frenzied rhetoric found in While Europe Slept. Jenkins' elegant and fluid writing never allows the text to be bogged down by the data. Beyond being an eye-opener for general readers and an invaluable resource for academics, the book injects a much-needed voice of reason into the cacophony of outsized opinions on the topic."--Catholic Online "A brilliantly researched, intellectually honest, and surprising account of Europe's cultural future."--Washington Monthly "Philip Jenkins' latest book brings a comprehensive, objective, and above all, rational approach to the question of Europe's religious future. for those seeking to understand Islam in Europe, and the prospects for "God's continent," this book is the best place to start."--Dallas Morning News "[Jenkins] examines rising Islam lapping on the shores of Europe that is in the throes of advanced secularization. It is an important and timely study, executed with skill, insight, and sensitivity, and with unflinching faithfulness to the facts as Jenkins sees them."--International Bulletin of Missionary Research "A stimulating, informative, meaty, and judicious book."--Commonweal magazine "Given the enormous disparity between the future as imagined forty years ago and the world we actually inhabit, you might suppose that today's prophets would be a bit morecircumspect. You'd be wrong. And that's why Jenkins' book is so valuable. He's a cool contrarian, not out to peddle an alternative ("inevitable") future while heaping contempt on received opinion. Philip Jenkins is an excellent guide as we think about Christianity, Islam, and secularism in 21st-century Europe and in the world more generally."--Books & Culture "An impressive review of the many Christian successes in Europe since the end of World War II...he weaves an inspiring story of new beginnings in many countries, from the British Isles to Ukraine. He also draws apt comparisons between Europe and the United States and shows how the current religious intolerance of secularized Europe complicates matters for both Christianity and Islam. This is the third excellent volume in the author's already popular trilogy of Christianity. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries."- Library Journal "After two pathbreaking books on Christianity in parts of the world for which it is mostly a new religion, Jenkins turns his attention to the part of the world where it has long been best established. Like all of Jenkins's books, this one queries stereotypes and punctures conventional knowledge. The result is thought-provoking insight into all three parts of his subtitle." --Christian Century "Impressively argued, well annotated... The strength of GC lies not so much in its central argument as in all of the things it achieves along the way. This one is a gem, abounding in sparkling points, telling anecdotes, observations and statistics... Another seminal book, to be sure." --Third Way
Jenkins loves to skewer headlines, to the point that each new book seems to present nothing less than a paradigm shift. The Next Christendom and The New Faces of Christianity announced that Christendom is moving south, its face now less European than African, South American and Asian. Here he looks back at the old Christendom, and finds there a story more complicated than fading Christianity and triumphant militant Islam. Sure enough, many great cathedrals and once-charming village churches are spackling over the cracks on the state's nickel. But a host of grassroots-based Catholic religious organizations are flourishing. Ours, Jenkins asserts, is actually a golden age of religious pilgrimage. And it is not only Muslims pouring into Europe's borders: African Pentecostals lead thriving congregations across their adopted continent. Poles pack England's Catholic parishes, and priests from Zaire and Cote'Ivoire bring new life to age-old churches in French villages. Despite world-transfixing incidents of terror, Jenkins says that Islam's dramatic growth in Europe is actually largely a success story of integration and growth in toleration. Conservative and liberal cultural commentators each have their reasons for trumpeting Christianity's demise and militant Islam's growth in Europe. They're not wholly wrong-the story just needs nuancing. And who but Jenkins could enliven this storyline with an ocean of sociological data poured into a novel-like book that's impossible to put down? (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.