Wednesday, November 15, 2006

"The New Faces of Christianity"

If you want a great read, which informs us about the state of global Christianity and how the movement of Christianity from the Global North (the West) to the Global South (Asia, Africa, South America), I must insist that you read Philip Jenkins' new book "The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South". He is the writer who was widely acclaimed by all authorities for his 2002 book, "The Next Christendom", where he traces the Church's movement "south".

In this book, he examines how this reality of the Churches exodus from the West ("the Global North") has affected the way that the Church is reading the Bible, for both better and worse.

Very engaging. Very constructive to our own walks. Helpful in prayer.
It's a great encouragement for us, that we would grow in understanding how to read the Bible in our context and how easily we can make ourselves irrelevant as Western Christians if we are not careful. It challenges us too to seek what Christianity should look like in the West.
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