Philip Jenkins charts developments in the Two-Thirds World
If one moment symbolizes the unification of the continents, it might be the creation of the diocese of Manila—as a suffragan see of Mexico City.
Somehow, newspapers never publish banner headlines announcing "World's Largest Muslim State Fails to Persecute Christians."
Orthodoxy's roots in Egypt and Ethiopia are ancient. In East Africa there is a younger movement: a native Orthodoxy, locally grown.
Among modern nations, a British imperial background seems to be correlated to secularism. But in Australia, the story is more complex.
For some Christians, the menace of apostasy is anything but distant or theoretical.
Philip Jenkins is professor of history at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion and author of The Great and Holy War and The Many Faces of Christ.
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