Jenkins, a Welsh author and historian born in 1952, studied to become a Cambridge-educated professor. His interests vary from social deviancy to religious movements and global Christianity. Jenkins has won awards for writing books, articles, and reviews and has given lectures regarding these controversial issues. For example, in an interview with Men's Health he addresses what happens when a society panics about social issues and questions the timing of scares. Why have they aroused media attention, who promotes societal fears, and how, then, is society affected as a whole? Jenkins suggests that misinformation and propaganda abound during panics. His work Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain brought the notion of societal panic to people's attention. Later Jenkins taught his philosophies to students at Pennsylvania State University where he worked as Professor of Criminal Justice and American Studies.
Changing direction a bit, Jenkins earned the position of Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, one that he still holds. His focus now is on religion with books like God's Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe's Religious Crisis and The New Faces of Christianity. God's Continent offers an optimistic view for Europe's Christian future among the rise of Muslims and secularism.
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