Professor Philip Jenkins on Global Anglicanism

“Christianity is going south very rapidly in terms of numbers. I’ve give you a quick overview, and I’m going to talk about Africa a lot. Simple reason: back in 1900, Africa had 10 million Christians representing 10 percent of the population; by 2000, that was up 360 million, to 46 percent of the population. That is the largest quantitative change that has ever occurred in the history of religion. A rising tide lifts all boats, and all denominations have been booming. The Anglicans have done very well, and the Anglican Church is going to be overwhelmingly an African body in the near future….

“Another important thing to remember is that most Global North categories do not work in the Global South. A classic example: if you talk to a Nigerian Anglican and you try to pin him down, saying, ‘I cannot figure you out, are you evangelical, are you Catholic, are you charismatic?’ The immediate answer is yes. And they mean it.”

These comments were made by Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of religious studies and history at Pennsylvania State University, during the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life, held earlier this month in Key West, Fla.

The full transcript, well worth reading, is available at: http://pewforum.org/events/index.php?EventID=145 .

2 responses to “Professor Philip Jenkins on Global Anglicanism

  1. I live in Indianapolis and a friend just told me of Philip Jenkins yesterday…

    I’m very interested in his work and was wondering if you know of any sites that offer free audio downloads of him or perhaps a podcast that features him or his style of writing…

    thanks much, tim

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  2. Tim — Thanks for visiting the site. I looked at Jenkin’s homepage, but I didn’t see anything like a podcast. Here’s his homepage:
    http://www.personal.psu.edu/jpj1/
    All the best,
    Colin

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