The Second Coming of Christianity

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In the past year, radical Islam has become the religion to watch. But some say with the focus on the crescent, no one’s paying attention to the cross. The religious historian Philip Jenkins argues that there is an exponential growth of Christianity in the Southern Hemisphere, in fundamentalist, even militant forms.

Jenkins points to this neo-orthodoxy as a potential powderkeg of religious violence, an apocalyptic blend of the Bible and the sword. Beyond the tensions between Muslims and Christians, he warns that the world could also see conflict between different Christian denominations.

Past the fiery dialectic of communism and capitalism, and the clash of jihad and crusade: a second coming of Christianity, the body and the blood.


Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Penn State University, and author of “The Next Christendom: The Rise of Global Christianity”

Michael Battle, Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School