Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack   -     By: Rupert Shortt
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2013 / Hardcover

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On October 29, 2005, three Indonesian schoolgirls were beheaded as they walked to school - targeted because they were Christian. Like them, many Christians around the world suffer violence or discrimination for their faith. In fact, more Christians than people of any other faith group now live under threat. Why is this religious persecution so widely ignored?

Based on expert journalism and methodology Rupert Shortt's Christianophobia investigates the shocking treatment of Christians in countries throughout the world and exposes the extent of official collusion. Because Christian believers tend to not become radicalized, but resist nonviolently with a low profile--politicians and the media are able to play down the problem of persecution; a problem Shortt exposes as having massive dimensions. Replete with relevant historical background details that place modern persecution within its proper social and political contexts and that avoids sweeping generalizations or simplistic explanations, Rupert Shortt's work makes a compelling case that Christianity is under an intense global threat like no other faith.

Shortt demonstrates how freedom of belief is critical for all human freedoms in general. Published at a time when the fundamental importance of faith on the world stage is being recognized more urgently than ever, Christianophobia is essential reading for anyone interested in global politics and all people's right to religious freedom, no matter where, or among whom, they live.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 0802869858
ISBN-13: 9780802869852
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Publisher's Description

On October 29, 2005, three Indonesian schoolgirls were beheaded as they walked to school -- targeted because they were Christian. Like them, many Christians around the world suffer violence or discrimination for their faith. In fact, more Christians than people of any other faith group now live under threat. Why is this religious persecution so widely ignored?

In Christianophobia Rupert Shortt investigates the shocking treatment of Christians on several continents and exposes the extent of official collusion. Christian believers generally don't become radicalized but tend to resist nonviolently and keep a low profile, which has enabled politicians and the media to play down a problem of huge dimensions. The book is replete with relevant historical background to place events within their appropriate political and social context.

Shortt demonstrates how freedom of belief is the canary in the mine for freedom in general. Published at a time when the fundamental importance of faith on the world stage is being recognized more than ever, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in people's right to religious freedom, no matter where, or among whom, they live.

Endorsements

A major epic with huge international interest...Rupert Shortt is a world-class journalist...He tells this story with passion, accuracy, balance, and great readability...I cannot recommend it, and him, more highly.
-John Cornwell

A very well balanced and timely analysis of a phenomenon which some people in the West might not even recognize as a reality: namely, the systematic attack being mounted on Christianity throughout the world from a wide variety of assailants. Shortt is a sane, observant reporter, and the story he tells is a very troubling one.
-A. N. Wilson

Rupert Shortt...tells a story as harrowing as it is unforgettable... Christianophobia covers it all. I read the book in one sitting, gripped by every page.
-William Doino Jr.,
First Things

Impressive...An excellent study of anti-Christian persecution around the world...Splendidly rich and informative.
-Philip Jenkins,
The Anxious Bench

Shortt points out some very uncomfortable truths in this powerful analysis of the persecution of Christians...[He] has done a remarkable job in compiling this book when so little attention has been given in the mainstream media to the plight of Christians.
-Catherine Pepinster,
The Independent

Shortt collates useful country-specific evidence of rampant intolerance of Christians from interview material, testimonies, written sources and surveys...His flowing narrative, with just enough background and context for each country, allows the poignant testimonies to speak for themselves. The overall impact is shocking.
-Ian Linden,
The Tablet

This brilliant book stands as a sharp rebuke to those of us who enjoy freedom of religion and freedom of speech but are indifferent to the plight of those who do not. . . . Shortt's painstakingly researched account should act as a much-needed wake-up call.
-David Alton,
Catholic Times

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
“Shortt’s primary aim is simple and commendable -- namely, to give a voice to those Christians whose experience of more or less direct oppression appears to be willfully ignored by the rest of humanity.”

Commonweal
“The book’s value lies not only in the rich personal testimonies, but also in the clearing away of persistent stereotypes and misconceptions.”

Catholic Library World
“Shortt uses both research and extensive travel to describe and document in searing detail beatings, murder, arson, and other tribulations being endured by Christians around the world. . . . This important book is not a shrill, overly dramatic screed, but a careful, sober study of the terrible conditions endured by Christians. . . . Highly recommended.”

Christianity Today
“Shortt argues that Christians across the world are persecuted more than any other religious group.”

John Cornwell
"A major epic with huge international interest. . . . Rupert Shortt is a world-class journalist. . . . He tells this story with passion, accuracy, balance, and great readability. . . . I cannot recommend it, and him, more highly."

A. N. Wilson
"A very well balanced and timely analysis of a phenomenon which some people in the West might not even recognize as a reality: namely, the systematic attack being mounted on Christianity throughout the world from a wide variety of assailants. Shortt is a sane, observant reporter, and the story he tells is a very troubling one."

William Doino Jr. in First Things
"Rupert Shortt . . . tells a story as harrowing as it is unforgettable. . . . Christianophobia covers it all. I read the book in one sitting, gripped by every page."

Philip Jenkins in The Anxious Bench
"Impressive. . . . An excellent study of anti-Christian persecution around the world. . . . Splendidly rich and informative."

Catherine Pepinster in The Independent
"Shortt points out some very uncomfortable truths in this powerful analysis of the persecution of Christians. . . . [He] has done a remarkable job in compiling this book when so little attention has been given in the mainstream media to the plight of Christians."

Ian Linden in The Tablet
"Shortt collates useful country-specific evidence of rampant intolerance of Christians from interview material, testimonies, written sources and surveys. . . . His flowing narrative, with just enough background and context for each country, allows the poignant testimonies to speak for themselves. The overall impact is shocking."

David Alton in Catholic Times
"This brilliant book stands as a sharp rebuke to those of us who enjoy freedom of religion and freedom of speech but are indifferent to the plight of those who do not. . . . Shortt's painstakingly researched account should act as a much-needed wake-up call."

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