By Philip Jenkins

What does the longer term carry for eu Christianity? Is the Christian church doomed to break down lower than the load of globalization, Western secularism, and a flood of Muslim immigrants? Is Europe, briefly, near to turning into "Eurabia"? although many pundits are loudly predicting simply the sort of state of affairs, Philip Jenkins unearths the issues in those arguments in God's Continent and gives a way more measured evaluation of Europe's spiritual destiny. whereas frankly acknowledging present tensions, Jenkins indicates, for example, that the overheated rhetoric a couple of Muslim-dominated Europe is predicated on politically handy myths: that Europe is being imperiled via floods of Muslim immigrants, exploding Muslim birth-rates, and the dying of ecu Christianity. He issues out that on no account are Muslims the single new immigrants in Europe. Christians from Africa, Asia, and japanese Europe also are pouring into the Western international locations, and bringing with them a colourful and enthusiastic religion that's assisting to rework the face of ecu Christianity. Jenkins concurs that either Christianity and Islam face actual problems in surviving inside Europe's secular tradition. yet rather than fading away, either have tailored, and are adapting. convinced, the church buildings are in decline, yet there also are transparent symptoms that Christian loyalty and devotion continue to exist, while associations collapse. Jenkins sees encouraging indicators of continuous Christian devotion in Europe, specifically in pilgrimages that allure millions--more in reality than in bygone "ages of faith." The 3rd ebook in an acclaimed trilogy that incorporates the subsequent Christendom and the hot Faces of Christianity, God's Continent bargains a practical and traditionally grounded appraisal of the way forward for Christianity in a speedily altering Europe.

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41 The spread of subreplacement fertility has other implications. As I will argue, traditional and fundamentalist religion tends to flourish more successfully in societies with large extended families and many children, and declines along with family size. That is part of the explanation for the steep decline of institutional Christianity in Europe. But if that projection is correct, it has fascinating implications for the survival of extremist and clerical forms of Islam in the Maghreb, in Turkey and—surprisingly—in Iran itself.

Seekers converge on Glastonbury Abbey or Chartres cathedral, or Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown. Bowing to the inevitable, some French and German convents and abbeys try to survive by presenting themselves as retreat houses for the New Age-oriented market. Godless Europe? 37 Other tokens of Christian decline are less tangible, but nonetheless significant. Abundant anecdotal evidence, supported by opinion surveys, suggests the depth of ignorance about even the most basic Christian doctrines.

Unlike the United States, moreover, religious disaffection is not merely expressed in nonparticipation in church activities. A significant number of Europeans declare themselves atheist or nonreligious. ” Among those aged 18 through 34, atheist respondents rose to 45 percent. 1 In terms of specific Christian doctrines also, surveys trace a sharp decline in belief. In 1957, 71 percent of British respondents declared that Jesus was the Son of God, but by 2001, the figure had fallen to 38 percent. Breaking such responses down by age group suggests the speed with which Britain is moving toward a post-Christian society.

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