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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Isn't it amazing how tens of thousands of people convert to Christianity every weekend?

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Faith in God is at an all time high Worldwide.

Romans 10:9,17

Christianity outstripping Islam worldwide
___By William Bole
___Religion News Service
___WASHINGTON (RNS)--One of the often-heard comments since Sept. 11 is that Islam is growing so rapidly it soon will become the world's largest religion, overtaking Christianity in just a couple of decades.
___Many of these projections are traceable to the work of Harvard University scholar Samuel Huntington, who has put forward the idea of a "clash of civilizations." But a new book about Christianity in the Third World says Huntington and others are missing the global demographic picture.
___Islam is indeed expanding as Christianity loses its force in the Western world, particularly Europe, says historian and religious studies scholar Philip Jenkins, author of "The Next Christendom." But the numbers of Christians are exploding in the southern hemisphere, he reports.
___In his book
, newly published by Oxford University Press, Jenkins argues that the post-Sept. 11 commentaries have overlooked the dramatic upsurge of Christianity in places like Africa.
___"Basically, you're talking about Africa being 9 percent Christian back in 1900 and close on 50 percent today. That's a huge change," said Jenkins, who teaches at Penn State University. "Somewhere in the 1960s, the number of Christians in Africa outpaced the number of Muslims in Africa. A great, historic change--and nobody paid attention to it."
___As of 2000, there were approximately 2 billion Christians and 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, according to the World Christian Encyclopedia, which Jenkins draws upon extensively in his book.
___While disputing Huntington's prediction of a reversal of numerical fortunes, Jenkins does think Christians and Muslims are heading toward a clash that could become cataclysmic. But he sees Islam as facing off in the future not primarily with Western Christianity, but with Christian countries in the developing world.
___In a worst-case scenario, he pictures Christian and Islamic countries of the southern hemisphere locked in religious conflicts reminiscent of the Middle Ages. "Imagine the world of the 13th century armed with nuclear warheads and anthrax," Jenkins writes. He says he put the finishing touches on the book the day before the Sept. 11 attacks.
___Roman Catholicism and the Pentecostal churches figure heavily in the author's portrayal of a "new Christendom" in the Third World, and he sees ample signs of conflict between these two branches of the faith in places like Latin America.
___However, since Sept. 11, the warnings of fierce religious rivalries have revolved mainly around Islam.
___In his 1996 book, "The Clash of Civilizations," Huntington predicted that Muslims would outnumber Christians by 2020 or soon after. "In the long run--Muhammad wins out," he wrote.
___But Jenkins asserts that Huntington's reading of global demographics is skewed. "The problem is that he's only looking at the very high birth rates in Islamic countries. He's not looking at the very high birth rates next door in Christian countries," he said.
___Jenkins points out that the countries with the fastest-growing and youngest populations are evenly distributed between Christian and Muslim societies. Based on these trends, he sees Christianity keeping its massive lead in the foreseeable future. Looking farther ahead, to 2050, he still counts three Christians for every two Muslims worldwide.
___Beth Baiter, a spokeswoman for Huntington, said he has been in such demand as a writer and speaker since Sept. 11 that he is "granting almost no interviews." He did not respond to an e-mail request for comment on this point.
___Jenkins acknowledges that nobody really knows which religions will prevail in 2050, but he adds it is fairly safe to make projections about the next three or four decades.
___He points to countries like Uganda, where between 40 percent and 50 percent of the people are age 14 or under. One would expect such a country to have a booming expansion for at least 30 or 40 years, he said.
___Add to that the religious trends there. "There's a reasonable bet that Uganda is going to be ... about 80 percent Christian in 30 or 40 years. It's possible that there will be a massive overnight conversion to Islam or Mormonism, but I really doubt it," Jenkins said.
___Most commentators are clueless to these religious realities in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world, he said.
___"Everyone knows--quote, unquote--that Christianity was taken to places like Africa by missionaries and then presumably when imperialism ended, then Christianity died with it. That's the impression. But any book written today on religion and Africa, say, would talk about this religious explosion as one of the most r


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19 comments:

  1. Prove it or get lostMarch 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Sorry, but i'd rather have my country ran people people that know, rather than believe.

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  2. It's almost unbelievable
    it's totally amazing
    I can't fcking breathe

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  3. Not noticed any rush to go to church round here. In fact, I think the vicar will be pulling people from the pavement into pews if he loses any more of his congregation.

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  4. i sense a little sarcasm here

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  5. Isn't it amazing how tens of billions of insects eat cr*p and I don't!

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  6. If that's even true, something tells me they're like 95% of all other Christians- they've never read the whole bible, they don't obey the commandments, and they generally don't give a crap about what God wants.

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  7. A ten year old article.. really?

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  8. Alexis De tocquevilleMarch 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I find it hard to comprehend how Xtians can take hellbound false pride in the assumption that Xtian belief in a non-existent entity is more popular than someone else's belief in a non-existent entity, when their own book says they are all going to hell anyway.

    Rev 7:4-8

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  9. So basically all your "facts" about converting relate to semi-literate, under-educated, and largely superstitious peoples from developing countries.
    Great way to prove a point doofus.

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  10. Even I despise meMarch 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Even God calls those His sheep.

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  11. that jesus kid 13March 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Great Falling Away



    Paul said this almost 2000yrs ago.
    2 Thessalonians 2:
    1: Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
    2: That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    3: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition

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  12. how about the extinction of russian christians?

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  13. Praise the lord...he gets all the credit.



    God loves you.....

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  14. It's funny how the united states was founded by people who wanted nothing to do with religion..."this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there was no religion in it" john Adams...and now we are a country overrun by religion. It angers me greatly

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  15. Waking up Sunday morning and spending the day with your head stuck in the toilet moaning "oh God, oh Jesus" is NOT conversion.

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