Paperback, 137 x 208mm256 pages November 2011 Has religion shaped, or been shaped by, New Zealand culture and society? Questions like these have generated lively debate in recent years, not least among historians.
This important collection of essays offers fresh insights into those debates, and makes available new research into the history of Christian ideas, practices and institutions in New Zealand.
And as we do this we acknowledge that Muslims likewise should, and do want to persuade us to accept their faith in Allah and reverence for Muhammad, his prophet.
Philip Jenkins, author of [Islam] should cease teaching its superiority to other religions since, as rational people are assumed to realize, all religions are equally invalid.
One of the ironies is that Europe actually needs the immigrants because birth rates of most countries are not enough to sustain their populations.
In Germany, for example, 25 to 30 percent of women have no children at all and the country’s birth rate has fallen to the lowest in the world.
The majority are Muslim, though thousands of Christians can be found among them too.
Of the some 60 million refugees around the world, a great many—perhaps most—embrace Islam.
It is predicted that by 2050 the median age for all Europe will have risen to fifty-two from the thirty-seven or thirty-eight it is today.
On the other hand, a quick overview of the Middle East reveals that the population of young people is large.