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Blog #5:Christian Revolution

May 10th, 2011 · 4 Comments
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Jenkins speaks of a Christian Revolution as a movement from the traditional northern/western white, rich, old ideology to a now revolutionary southern black/latino, poor, young ideology.  It is an interesting article on the change of demographics for Christianity.  He argues that though the growth is substantial, the black church and Latino church are non-communicative.  The Catholic church from Europe tends to cultivate the Latino community while the western and protestant church cultivates the black churches.  The newer churches are much more interested in personal salvation than in radical politics and believe in a Pentecostal affirmation of their faith.  More emphasis is placed on mysticism, conservatism, and puritanism while focusing on a visionary and apocalyptic point of view.

My theory is that the Latino and Black communities the Jenkins speaks of and their direct reflection and dependence of a Pentecostal Christianity reflects the poor.  These poor communities, whether black, white, asian, or Latino, are suffering firsthand simple virtues that humans should not be deprived of.  Christianity provides hope and salvation to a community deprived of it.  I do believe that there is a movement going on that has given lesser communities the opportunity to rise up and gain access to their own salvation.  Worldwide missionaries are higher than ever to the poorer countries and even communist governments cannot fully stop this new wave of preaching that has saved millions.

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  • 1    msheridan100 // May 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    As the demographics of Christianity change, we are experiencing a sort of reformation of the Christian faith. Southern Christians have taken a more traditional, fundamentalist view towards Christianity, focusing on conservatism and spiritual power. Northern Christians associate these beliefs as ‘primitive’ and ‘rural’. The religious gap is only enhanced by the economic and social gaps between the Northern/ Western Christians and the Southern/Eastern Christians. Because they do not have the same affluent living conditions, Southern Christians tend to explain their hardships by attributing them to evil demons. I believe that underprivileged groups have always been drawn to a more conservative religious viewpoint, which gives them hope and a possible way out. As these groups become more separate and vocal, it will be interesting to see where the future of Christianity goes.

  • 2    dianab // May 16, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    The Catholic Church is definitely steeped in controversy at the moment and rightfully so, because all the allegations are horrendous.

    But at least the Church has always stood up for the rights of the poor, which is exceptionally admirable. They have even sent a letter to Boehner condemning his agendas in federal government as forgetting about the poor and not caring about them. This is actually extremely significant. I read the news every day and I haven’t seen any other groups actually take such a stand to call an official at his level out for being so poorly misguided in office and so greedy. We shouldn’t forget that as bad as we feel we have it, someone has it much worse. Politicians who line their pockets with lobbyist money are blindly guiding this country, totally disconnected with the plight faced by millions in this country…and we’re a superpower for goodness sake.

  • 3    cynthiaaa // May 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

    It seems funny to me how we can categorize churches now like a Latino church and a black church. Its all the same thing a church is a church which people utilize and go to for religious reasons. I think it’s a good idea how the newer churches are emphasizing more in the personal salvation rather than in radical politics. I also agree with your theory the poor communities are the ones suffering and for things one should not be deprived off. This is why the religion of Christianity is spreading so rapidly because it does give off a sense of hope and salvation.

  • 4    rklein100 // May 18, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I believe that wherever you go, you will find differences in religion. Just as if you travel to another country you will find a different religion, is almost like how if you travel to a different part of your own country you may find a difference in a religion that you also share with them. There is nothing wrong with that as they are able to believe anything like you are able to. I believe your environment mold’s a person to what they become and the south, east, north, midwest and west all have different environments. These different environments can cause differences in thought about a religion.

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