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“Fertility, Climate Change, and the Future of Faith” A Conversation with Dr. Philip Jenkins

April 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045)

The world’s religions are facing enormous challenges. On the one side, many countries are entering an era of decreasing population growth. On the other side, anxieties about climate changes are increasing. In America, these concerns have come together: global climate change is increasingly being given as a reason to reduce our population size. How should Christianity and other major religions respond to these pressures? For our latest conversation, historian Philip Jenkins will draw on his two latest books to evaluate how climate changes have led to social upheavals and mass migration and how religions have adjusted to shifts in fertility rates. Join us for what will doubtlessly be a fascinating conversation about what the future of religion in America and beyond might look like as we adjust to a new environment.

Join Baylor in Washington in partnership with The Church of the Advent on Thursday, April 21st at 6:30pm at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045) to hear Dr. Jenkins address these issues.*

*All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Jenkins’s book, “Fertility and Faith.” Copies of Dr. Jenkins’s book, “Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith” will be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

Light refreshments will be served starting at 6:30pm. Dr. Jenkins will provide remarks on his book beginning at 7:00pm, followed by time for open discussion with the author.

REGISTRATION IS FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE ONLY. This event will not be livestreamed.

About The Author

Philip Jenkins was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his Ph. D. in History. From 1980 through 2011, he taught at Penn State University, where he holds the rank of Emeritus Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities. In 2012, he became a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University.

He has published 30 books, which have been translated into sixteen languages. These include The Next Christendom: The Coming Of Global Christianity (2002) and The Lost History of Christianity (2008). His most recent books include Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval (2021), and A Global History of the Cold War 1945-1991 (also 2021)

A historian by training, Jenkins has been active in many different disciplines including sociology, criminology, and religious studies. Indeed, the Economist magazine has called him “one of America’s best scholars of religion.” He has published extensively on global and world Christianity, and on new and emerging religious movements. In teaching and research, he has a special interest in recent US history, from 1975 onwards.