Monday, 2 May 2011

The Lost History of Christianity - Philip Jenkins in the Netherlands

". . . when Christianity is at its weakest in one area, amazing new opportunities open elsewhere." This quote comes from an interview conducted by Stan Guthrie for Christianity Today with Prof. Philip Jenkins, the influential American scholar with  double first-class degrees and a PhD from Cambridge University (1).

Prof. Jenkins will give a public lecture at Radboud University, Nijmegen tomorrow with the title: The Lost History of Christianity. On the Rise and Fall of Religions (2).

Prof. Jenkins is the author of more than twenty books including the well known The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (3).

1 comment:

Frederik Mulder said...

Jenkins was very interesting. I found it fascinating that the process of secularization in Western Europe has (in Jenkins' view) been the fastest in Spain and Italy over the past 50 years or so. Two traditionally Catholic states...

Also interesting for me was his remarks about a possible future schism. In a recent publication he puts it like this:"Quite probably, the story of Christianity over the coming decades will be marked by new schisms that broadly follow the North-South division, conflicts for which the present Anglican/Episcopalian rift provides a sour foretaste" (Philip Jenkins 2007, "Christianity Moves South" in Global Christianity. Contested Claims, ed. by Frans Wijsen and Robert Schreiter, Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi, pp30-31.