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.
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 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.,
Impressive...An excellent study of anti-Christian persecution around the world...Splendidly rich and informative.
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.
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.
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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