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

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

by Philip Jenkins


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Is the Christian church in Europe doomed to collapse under the weight of globalization, Western secularism, and a flood of Muslim immigrants? Though many pundits are predicting just that, God's Continent reveals the flaws in their arguments and offers a much more measured assessment of Europe's religious future. While frankly acknowledging current tensions, Philip 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 birthrates, and the demise of European Christianity. He points out that by no means are Muslims the only new immigrants in Europe. Christians from Africa and Asia 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195384628
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Note and Acknowledgments vii

Abbreviations ix

1 Your Religion Tomorrow 1

2 Godless Europe? 26

3 Faith among the Ruins 55

4 New Christians 87

5 The Moor's Return 103

6 Making Muslims 121

7 Young and Old 148

8 Revolutions at Home 179

9 Ultras 205

10 Transforming Europe 233

11 Transforming Faith 259

12 Europe's Religions Tomorrow 283

Notes 291

Index 329

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