Jenkins, Philip 1952-
Most widely held works by Philip Jenkins
The next Christendom : the coming of global Christianity by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
34 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 2,043 libraries worldwide
"In looking back over the enormous changes wrought by the twentieth century, Western observers may have missed the most dramatic revolution of all. While secular movements like communism, feminism, and environmentalism have gotten the lion's share of our attention, the explosive southward expansion of Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has barely registered on Western consciousness. Nor has the globalization of Christianity - and the enormous religious, political, and social consequences it portends - been properly understood." "Philip Jenkins' The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity is the first book to take the full measure of the changing face of the Christian faith. Jenkins asserts that by the year 2050 only one Christian in five will be a non-Latino white person and that the center of gravity of the Christian world will have shifted firmly to the Southern Hemisphere."--BOOK JACKET.
Dream catchers : how mainstream America discovered native spirituality by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,968 libraries worldwide
Jenkins offers an account of the changing mainstream attitudes towards Native American spirituality, once seen as degraded spectacle, now hailed as New Age salvation. He charts this remarkable change by highlighting the complex history of white American attitudes towards Native religions, considering everything from the 19th-century American obsession with "Hebrew Indians" and Lost Tribes, to the early 20th-century cult of the Maya as bearers of the wisdom of ancient Atlantis. He looks at the Carlos Castaneda books, the writings of Lynn Andrews and Frank Waters, and explores New Age paraphernalia including dream-catchers, crystals, medicine bags, and Native-themed Tarot cards. He also examines the controversial New Age appropriation of Native sacred places and notes that many "white indians" see mainstream society as religiously empty.--From publisher description.
Mystics and messiahs : cults and new religions in American history by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,919 libraries worldwide
In this full-length account of cults and anti-cult scares in American history, Jenkins gives accurate historical perspective and shows how many of today's mainstream religions were originally regarded as cults.
Decade of nightmares : the end of the sixties and the making of eighties America by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,819 libraries worldwide
Drawing on a wide array of sources--including tabloid journalism, popular fiction, movies, and television shows--Philip Jenkins argues that a remarkable confluence of panics, scares, and a few genuine threats created a climate of fear that led to the conservative reaction. He identifies 1975 to 1986 as the watershed years. During this time, he says, there was a sharp increase in perceived threats to our security at home and abroad. At home, America seemed to be threatened by monstrous criminals--serial killers, child abusers, Satanic cults, and predatory drug dealers, to name just a few. On the international scene, we were confronted by the Soviet Union and its evil empire, by OPEC with its stranglehold on global oil, by the Ayatollahs who made hostages of our diplomats in Iran. Increasingly, these dangers began to be described in terms of moral evil. Rejecting the radicalism of the '60s, which many saw as the source of the crisis, Americans adopted a more pessimistic interpretation of human behavior, which harked back to much older themes in American culture. This simpler but darker vision ultimately brought us Ronald Reagan and the ascendancy of the political Right, which more than two decades later shows no sign of loosening its grip.--from publisher description.
Beyond tolerance : child pornography on the Internet by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,766 libraries worldwide
"Perhaps nothing evokes more universal disgust than child pornography. The world of its makers and users is so abhorrent that it is rarely discussed, much less studied. Child pornographers have taken advantage of this and are successfully using the new electronic media to exchange their wares without detection or significant sanction. What are the implications of this threat for free speech and a free exchange of ideas on the Internet? And how can we stop this illegal activity, which is so repugnant that even the most laissez-faire cyberlibertarians want it stamped out, if we know nothing about it?" "Philip Jenkins takes a leap onto the lower tiers of electronic media in this book on the business of child pornography online. He tells the story of how the advent of the Internet caused this deviant subculture to become highly organized and go global. We learn how the trade, which operates on clandestine Web sites from Budapest or Singapore to the United States, is easy to glimpse yet difficult to eradicate. Jenkins details how the most sophisticated transactions are done through a proxy, a "false flag" address, rendering the host computer, and participants, virtually unidentifiable. And these sites exist for only a few minutes or hours, allowing online child pornographers to stay one step ahead of the law. This is truly a globalized criminal network that knows no names or boundaries, and thus challenges both international and U.S. law."--Jacket.
The new anti-Catholicism : the last acceptable prejudice by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 1,672 libraries worldwide
Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The new anti-Catholicism, this virulent strain of hatred--once thought dead--is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice, or care. A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world. For newspapers and newsmagazines, for television news and in movies, for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women, the idea of Catholic misogyny, is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes. It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new book corrects that illusion, drawing attention to this important issue.
The new faces of Christianity : believing the Bible in the global south by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,393 libraries worldwide
Christianity is growing so rapidly in the global South that soon Africa may be home to the world's largest Christian population. But what sort of Christianity will that be? In Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Christians live in settings very close to the social, cultural, and intellectual milieu in which the New Testament itself was written. For this reason, Philip Jenkins argues, they read the Scriptures with a freshness and authenticity impossible in the prosperous societies of North America and Europe. At first sight, the rising Christianity of the global South appears fundamentalist and deeply conservative. But at the same time these new Christians draw conclusions from scripture that are innovative, creative, and socially liberating in their impact on social structures and gender relations. In fact, this Biblical enthusiasm is embraced by exactly those groups often portrayed as the victims of reactionary religion, particularly women, and a Biblically-rooted Christian feminism enjoys growing influence. Their fundamentalism does not deny or defy modernity, instead the Bible supplies a tool to cope with modernity, and to assist the most marginalized members of society. This, says Jenkins, is precisely the reason for Christianity's explosive growth. Many Southern churches take very seriously the supernatural world-view that pervades the Christian scriptures, with the recurrent themes of demons, possession, exorcism and spiritual healing. Yet readings that appear intellectually reactionary encourage believers to engage in far-reaching social activism. Across Africa, Asia, and Latin America, churches seek both deliverance and liberation--deliverance from evil supernatural forces, and liberation from oppressive worldly structures. Such examples challenge our conventional division of religion into conservative and liberal forms, and make nonsense of our concepts of "fundamentalism."--Publisher description.
The lost history of Christianity : the thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia- and how it died by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,334 libraries worldwide
A lost history revealing that, for centuries, Christianity's center was actually in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, with significant communities extending as far as China.
Moral panic : changing concepts of the child molester in modern America by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,310 libraries worldwide
"It is commonly acknowledged that sexual abuse of children is a grave and pervasive problem and that child molesters are predators who compulsively repeat their crimes and have little hope of cure. Yet as recently as twenty years ago many experts viewed the problem as a far less serious one, declaring that molestation was very rare and that molesters were merely confused individuals unlikely to repeat their offenses. Over the past century, opinion has fluctuated between these radically different perspectives. This timely book traces shifting social responses to adult sexual contacts with children, whether this involves molestation by strangers or incestuous acts by family members. The book explores how and why concern about the sexual offender has fluctuated in North America since the late nineteenth century."--BOOK JACKET.
Images of terror what we can and can't know about terrorism by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,236 libraries worldwide
Synthetic panics the symbolic politics of designer drugs by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,197 libraries worldwide
God's continent : Christianity, Islam, and Europe's religious crisis by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
10 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,165 libraries worldwide
Jesus wars : how four patriarchs, three queens, and two emperors decided what Christians would believe for the next 1,500 years by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,126 libraries worldwide
Jesus Wars reveals how official, orthodox teaching about Jesus was the product of political maneuvers by a handful of key characters in the fifth century. Jenkins argues that were it not for these controversies, the papacy as we know it would never have come into existence and that today's church could be teaching some-thing very different about Jesus. It is only an accident of history that one group of Roman emperors and militia-wielding bishops defeated another faction. --from publisher description.
Hoods and shirts the extreme right in Pennsylvania, 1925-1950 by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,065 libraries worldwide
A history of the United States by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,019 libraries worldwide
A History of the United States is a highly readable, lucid, and authoritative account of the course of American history, discussing political, social, economic, and cultural developments. Major themes include the relationship between territorial expansion and political history; the critical role of ethnic and racial conflict, and the complex relationship between race and class in American history; the powerful traditions of regionalism in American life and the shifting.
Pedophiles and priests : anatomy of a contemporary crisis by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
7 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 999 libraries worldwide
Hidden Gospels : how the search for Jesus lost its way by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 935 libraries worldwide
"Was Jesus really a subversive mystic whose true teachings were suppressed by an authoritarian church? Has the real nature of Christianity been deliberately obscured for centuries? Do recently discovered texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and even the Dead Sea Scrolls undermine the historical validity of the New Testament?" "In this critique, Philip Jenkins thoroughly and convincingly debunks such claims. Jenkins places the recent controversies surrounding the hidden gospels in a broad historical context and argues that, far from being revolutionary, such attempts to find an alternative Christianity date back at least to the Enlightenment. And by employing the appropriate scholarly and historical methodologies, he demonstrates that the texts purported to represent pristine Christianity were in fact composed long after the canonical gospels found in the Bible. Produced by obscure heretical movements, these texts offer no reliable new information about Jesus or the early church. They have attracted so much media attention chiefly because they seem to support radical, feminist, and post-modern positions in the modern church. Indeed, Jenkins shows how best-selling books on the "hidden gospels" have been taken up by an uncritical, scandal-hungry media as the basis for a social movement that could have dramatic effects on the faith and practice of contemporary Christianity." "Hidden Gospels unearths both the complex agendas and flawed methods of scholars who have created a whole new mythology about Jesus and the early church."--BOOK JACKET.
Using murder : the social construction of serial homicide by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
3 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 527 libraries worldwide
In the last decade, serial murder has become a source of major concern for law enforcement agencies, while the serial killer has attracted widespread interest as a villain in popular culture. There is no doubt, however, that popular fears and stereotypes have vastly exaggerated the actual scale of multiple homicide activity. In assessing the concern and the interest, Jenkins has produced an innovative synthesis of approaches to social problem construction. It includes an historical and social-scientific estimate of the objective scale of serial murder; a rhetorical analysis of the construction of the phenomenon in public debate; and a cultural studies-oriented analysis of the portrayal of serial murder in contemporary literature, film, and the mass media. Using Murder suggests that a problem of this sort can only be understood in the context of its political and rhetorical dimension; that fears of crime and violence are valuable for particular constituencies and interest groups, which put them to their own uses. In part, these agendas are bureaucratic, in the sense that exaggerated concern about the offense generates support for criminal justice agencies. But other forces are at work in the culture at large, where serial murder has become an invaluable rhetorical weapon in public debates over issues like gender, race, and sexual orientation. Serial murder is worthy of study not so much for its intrinsic significance, but rather for what it suggests about the concerns, needs, and fears of the society that has come to portray it as an "ultimate evil." Using Murder is a highly original study of a powerful contemporary mythology by a criminologist and historian versed in the constructionist literature on the origins of "moral panics."
The Cold War at home : the Red Scare in Pennsylvania, 1945-1960 by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 451 libraries worldwide
Intimate enemies : moral panics in contemporary Great Britain by Philip Jenkins ( Book )
3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 350 libraries worldwide
Intimate Enemies describes the creation of a journalistically induced panic in Great Britain during the the 1980s - a decade of intense concern about a closely related set of perceived problems: sexual abuse of children, child pornography, satanic rituals, and serial murder. It was widely alleged that such practices became more common during the decade, and the notoriety attracted major attention from the mass media, as well as from agencies in law enforcement, social welfare, and mental health.
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Jenkins, John Philip
Jenkins, John Philip, 1952-