The Non-European Future of Christianity

000.jpgIf European cultural trends are a precursor to the future of Western culture, American Christians might find themselves discouraged. According to the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, Europe is home to only about one-quarter of the world’s Christians, compared to two-thirds just a century ago.

Christianity began as a Middle Eastern religion and had its theological scaffolding establish primarily by Africans. Moving into Europe, Christianity had a culturally dominant role for centuries until the Enlightenment slowly loosened the grip of faith in that culture. Today, it seems that the Enlightenment is the dominant “religion” of Europeans.
The Pew report observes:
“About one-quarter of the global Christian population can now be found in sub-Saharan Africa, while 37 percent live in the Americas and 13 percent reside in the Asia-Pacific region. Brazil has twice as many Roman Catholics as Italy, while Nigeria has more than twice as many Protestants as Germany, where the Protestant Reformation began.”
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Anthony Bradley