Contemporary Christians

“Over the past century . . . the center of gravity in the Christian world has shifted inexorably southward, to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. . . . If we want to visualize a ‘typical’ contemporary Christian, we should think of a woman living in a village in Nigeria or in a Brazilian favela.”

—Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity (Oxford, 2002)

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Contemporary Christians

  1. Philip Jenkins doesn’t seem to get it that as economic and social conditions change, religion changes. If Africa makes social and economic progress, secularism will arise. If Africa does not progress, all those Christians and all those Muslims will be struggling just to survive.

    The decline of religion in advanced industrial society is a natural and evolutionary process. It happens whether we comment on it or not. It stems from increased material security and information. With these resources, the self becomes stronger, and so it needs less myth and less sedative to deal with the pain stored in the unconscious.

    Traditional religion has a dual character. It both sedates and reveals. As the self becomes more mature, it needs less sedation and turns to purer and more direct techniques of contemplation. Thus, paternalism and ritual decline and meditation and equality increase.

    Religious systems that cling to hierarchy and hypnotic ritual lose constituency, and a social milieu arises that rejects religious authority. We call this milieu secularism.

    Sincerely yours,

    Michael Ducey, Ph.D.

Share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s