The thesis is the central point of a given work. In this case, one has to find the main argument of a book. Sometimes, the title of the book provides a hint about what the author will be contending. With Philip Jenkins’s work, the title has a direct connection to the point that he’s trying to make. The title and the subtitle—The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity—let the reader know that this book will be about Christianity. Specifically, it will focus on the future of Christianity and its role in world affairs.
While the title supplies an outline of a thesis, it doesn’t really provide a specific contention. To find Jenkins’s more detailed premise, head to the first chapter. In the book’s opening chapter, “The Christian Revolution,” Jenkins lays out the primary statement that will shape his book. He cedes that Christianity has been typically aligned with the West. It’s been seen as the religion of “the haves.” Now, Jenkins argues, Christianity’s center has moved to Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Jenkins claims that these regions need to be identified as the places where Christianity will grow in the years to come.
Jenkins spends most of his book expanding upon this point. He talks about how these new centers of Christianity differ from the West’s view of Christianity. He discusses how the rise of Christianity in these places connect to their politics, violent conflicts, and other prominent religions like Islam.