Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"If you don't believe the scripture, why did you bring it to us in the first place?"

At some point not too far away I hope to read Philip Jenkins' first book on the changing geographic center of historic, orthodox, Bible-believing Christianity. The title question to this post refers to a statement from an African Anglican bishop to an American Episcopalian bishop, and it illustrates the ironic reversal in attitudes toward biblical Christianity between the denominational leadership of these two continents. It also illustrates the thesis of Jenkins' book.

For a free introduction to the kinds of trends and concepts Jenkins is addressing, check out this (lengthy but worth a good skim) excerpt from his new book, which seems to focus more on the attitudes toward Scripture in particular among the evangelicals of the Global South.

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