Philip Jenkins

Pennsylvania State University

Philip Jenkins is distinguished professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. He was born in Wales and educated in England, where he received his Ph.D. from Clare College at Cambridge.

Jenkins has written over fifteen books and many articles on contemporary religious issues and controversy. Among the more timely are his book Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, as well as Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way; The Modern Mythology of Christian Religions; and Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History.

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The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South

OCT 11, 2006 Podcast

The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South

Professor Philip Jenkins argues that by the year 2025, Africa and Latin America will have the largest number of Christians in the world. According to Jenkins, ...

APR 20, 2006 Podcast

Jere Van Dyk Interviews Philip Jenkins

Professor Philip Jenkins argues that between 1974 and 1980, "there is a shift in political culture, political rhetoric, which is in a generally conservative direction, although sometimes ...

Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America by Philip Jenkins

APR 20, 2006 Podcast

Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America

In a wide-ranging talk, Professor Philip Jenkins argues that the mid-to-late 1970s were a crucial turning point in religious and political landscapes around the world.

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianityby Philip Jenkins

APR 17, 2002 Transcript

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

Christian influence on world events is less likely to originate in the United States or Europe than in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, where a ...