The Faith of the Global South

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
by Philip Jenkins
Oxford University Press, 2002
(270 pages; $27.95, cloth)

reviewed by Jeremy Lott

The germ for The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity appeared as a fascinating article in the December 2000 issue of Chronicles, entitled “Ethiopia Lifts Her Hands.” After marching readers through a series of disastrously stupid past predictions about the future and religion (e.g., Jefferson’s paean to an inevitable Unitarian America), Pennsylvania State University professor Philip Jenkins acknowledged that “it would take a fool to try to foretell the religious loyalties of the coming century: . . .

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