Religion: Another Base

At the turn of the century, most Christians were either Europeans, Russians or North Americans. By the year 2000, however, nearly 60% of Christendom's 1.9 billion souls will be living in the so-called Third World—Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. As never before, Christianity is on the move—southward—and on the way to becoming predominantly a religion of nonwhites.

So predicts Dr. David B. Barrett, author of Schism and Renewal in Africa (1968) and secretary of an ecumenical research team based in Nairobi. Christianity's growth in Africa is the most dramatic aspect of the geographic and ethnic shift. By the end of the...

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