Friday, January 12, 2007

Evangelicals reviving Christianity in Europe

Here's some good news for a change out of Europe. Notice that the growth is among immigrants from Asia and Africa, not native Europeans.

PARIS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Evangelical Christian churches are growing in Europe, with most of their membership immigrants from Asia and Africa. The evangelical movement comes at a time when the traditional European churches are shrinking, the Washington Times reports.

"Only about 2 percent of the population belongs to evangelical churches, they are also influencing the practices of protestant denominations and the Catholic Church.

"Non-belief, doubt and secularization continue to progress, but increasingly we're witnessing a spiritual turning in recent years," said Christopher Sinclair of the University of Strasbourg. "What's striking about the evangelical movement is that it's growing. You can see this throughout Europe. It's answering a spiritual need."

Source: UPI