Philip Jenkins charts developments in the Two-Thirds World
Ever since Westerners discovered Asian cultures they have been intrigued by possible relationships between Christianity and Buddhism.
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.
Philip Jenkins teaches at Baylor University. He is the author of The Great and Holy War and The Many Faces of Christ.
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