4 Powerful, Irreversible Forces Rapidly Transforming the Christian, Jewish Worlds

Religious Jews attend a special prayer for rain at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City.
Religious Jews attend a special prayer for rain at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City. ( REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

Four powerful and irreversible forces are rapidly transforming the Jewish and Christian worlds.

But many leaders in both communities are unable or unwilling to recognize these new changes. Such leaders, trapped in the past, risk losing real influence and relevancy and face the grim possibility of being tossed into the "dustbin of history."

The first two forces relentlessly at work are demography and geography.

For centuries, Europe and North America were the centers of Christian and Jewish populations and the sources of religious leadership. However, today most Christians reside in Central and South America, Africa and Asia while Christians in Europe and North America are older, and their numbers are declining or barely holding steady.

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