Notes from the Global Church

church service in Ghana

Philip Jenkins charts developments in the Two-Thirds World

Portugal no longer sends out missionaries on any scale, but Brazil has taken up that mantle. Worldwide, one in 11 Christians speak Portuguese.
October 25, 2013
Most of what westerners know about the Caucasus region is negative. But the South Caucasus has a different history, and Christianity plays a central role.
September 24, 2013
Shared holy places might puzzle American or European Christians. In the rest of the world, religions have rarely enjoyed such a monopoly.
August 30, 2013
It's ironic that multicultural approaches to Christianity are dismissed as novel or “politically correct.” They are deeply rooted in our past.
July 30, 2013
For centuries Ireland was synonymous with staunch Catholic piety. Now it seems to be undergoing a process of secularization as rapid as any in history.
July 5, 2013
Armenia is a nation of 3.3 million in a territory a fourth the size of Pennsylvania. Its small scale belies a much larger ancient reality.
June 6, 2013
Recently, 20,000 residents of a Welsh industrial town participated in a play—and reaffirmed the residual power of Christian imagery in a secular society.
May 8, 2013
A century ago, William Wade Harris began his march across the Ivory Coast. He proclaimed a Christ who was not the property of the master race.
April 10, 2013
The U.S. may be heading toward European-style secularization. More surprisingly, several Latin American countries mirror conditions in the States.
March 12, 2013
U.S. religious communities' responses to the Vietnam War have been amply documented. What about the religious battles within Vietnam itself?
January 16, 2013
Sunday Adelaja's story sounds like the start of a bad joke: "Did you hear about the African who tried to start a church in the Soviet Union?"
December 20, 2012
The vast majority of Africa's christians belong to familiar, mainstream denominations. But scholars give more attention to the minority.
October 23, 2012
In the ninth century, Timothy I was a global statesman. In the 20th, Raphael Bidawid led a tiny denomination in the paranoid Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
September 27, 2012