An April 30, 2009 article by John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
As Martin Marty’s pointed out in this past Monday’s Sightings, “everyone knows” nowadays that Christian Europe is long over, and Christian North America is declining quickly as well. Africa, South America, and Asia, with their burgeoning populations of enthusiastic Christians, are where the action is. We are already two decades past the moment when the majority of the world’s Christian population became non-Caucasian. Missionaries from those regions have streamed into the Global North-West to evangelize once-Christian lands. The centres of Christian influence will soon be, if they are not already, Nairobi, Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Wenzhou, and Seoul.
Who can deny the obvious Christian demographic shift to the Global South? Yet some breathless exponents of these shifts are getting ahead of themselves in at least one respect. In particular, they are failing to observe two key correlations : theology costs money and it costs time.
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