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Is God returning to Europe?

A leading US Christian says that faith in Europe will be re-energised by a creative Christian minority and by the example of Islam. But he is too sanguine about the integration of Muslims and about "model" America—where religiosity is, in part, a function of white ethnic anxiety

By E K   November 2007

God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis, by Philip Jenkins OUP, £16.99

This is the third volume in Philip Jenkins’s acclaimed trilogy on the future of Christianity. The two previous works projected an optimistic vision of resurgent global Christianity, with its motor in the developing world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Jenkins’s new book is about Christianity’s encounter with the challenges of Islam and secularism in its European heartland.

Is Christianity dying in Europe? It seems so, with emptying pews, greying congregations and a plunge in the numbers studying for the priesthood. Meanwhile, Islam seems to be surging ahead, leading to…

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