Around the world, a shift in where faith thrives.One of the most important trends reshaping the world is the decline of Christianity in Europe and its rise in Africa and other parts of the developing world, including Asia and Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. . The denominations gaining ground tend to be evangelical, and especially Pentecostal; it's the churches with the strictest demands, like giving up drinking, that are flourishing. This is changing the character of global. Christianity, making it more socially conservative. The rise of the Christian right The term "Christian Right" is used by scholars and journalists, to refer to a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and organizations characterized by their strong support of conservative social and political values. in the U.S. is finding echoes in other parts of the world. Yet conservative Christians in the U.S. should take heed Verb 1. take heed - listen and pay attention; "Listen to your father"; "We must hear the expert before we make a decision"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and . Christianity is thriving where it faces obstacles, like repression in China or suspicion of evangelicals in parts of Latin America and Africa. In those countries where religion enjoys privileges--Britain, Italy, Ireland, Spain, or Iran--that establishment support seems to have stifled sti·fle 1
v. sti·fled, sti·fling, sti·fles
1. To interrupt or cut off (the voice, for example).
2. faith. That's worth remembering in the debates about school prayer or public displays of the Ten Commandments Ten Commandments or Decalogue [Gr.,=ten words], in the Bible, the summary of divine law given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. They have a paramount place in the ethical system in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. : Faith doesn't need any special leg up. Look at where religion is most vibrant today, and the obvious conclusion is that what nurtures faith is not special, privileges but rather adversity. [3/26/05]