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    Rupert Shortt(Author)

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On October 29, 2005, three Indonesian schoolgirls were beheaded as they walked to school - targeted because they were Christians. Like them, many other church members around the world face violence or discrimination for their faith. Why is this religious persecution so widely ignored?



In Christianophobia, Rupert Shortt investigates the shocking treatment of Christians on several continents, revealing that they are oppressed in significantly greater numbers than members of any other faith. The extent of official collusion is also exposed. Even governments that have promised to protect religious minorities routinely break their pledges, with life-shattering consequences.



Young Christians don't easily become radicalized but tend to resist non-violently or keep a low profile. This has enabled politicians and the media to play down a problem of huge dimensions.



Shortt demonstrates how freedom of belief is the canary in the mine for liberty in general. Published at a time when the fundamental importance of faith on the world stage is at last being recognized, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in 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 will tell 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)"Shortt points out some very uncomfortable truths in this powerful analysis of the persecution of Christians." (Catherine Pepinster Independent)"[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 wilfully ignored by the rest of humanity...good investigative campaigning journalism." (TLS)

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Rupert Shortt(Author)
  • Rider (1 Nov. 2012)
  • English
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  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By C. Howse on 15 November 2012

    Christianophobia is a landmark in the understanding of the place of religious belief in the modern world, clearly and compellingly written. It explores a blindspot in the conventional Western liberal view.Christians are oppressed in great numbers round the world, and yet this treatment is not reported as widely as it deserves. Rupert Shortt surveys incidents from China to Nigeria, Pakistan to Vietnam.It is very welcome to read an account that does not suggest an inevitable war of ideologies between Islam and Christianity.This book is all the more valuable for its sobriety, accuracy and reliance on interviews with first-hand witnesses. Try it and see.

  • By bdm on 16 November 2012

    This book is written by one of the most respected and well-informed commentators on religious affairs who has no axe to grind beyond going where the evidence takes him. Most people hear about the events and situations he describes when the serachlight is on something else, such as riots in Nigeria or Indonesia or Egypt. What people do not usually realise is that these situations are part of a much wider pattern of the active persecution of Christians, especially in some contexts, for example in parts of the Muslim world, where they actively choose to become Christians. This is a major human rights issue and Rupert Shortt has meticulously reasearched it to produce very well written and fascinating accounts of real-life situations and of the cultural and historical backgrounds in which they arise. This book is conspicuously fair and unsensational and provides the authoritative accound of a growing problem.

  • By Siamois on 24 May 2016

    A very interesting book from a well informed writer.

  • By John Pontifex on 16 November 2012

    Meticulously researched, sensitively handled, Christianophobia investigates a human rights disaster largely ignored by the West. Rupert Shortt counts the cost of ignorance, prejudice and sheer hatred paid by ordinary folk whose lives are turned upside down by the faith they profess. At a time of increasing reports of anti-Christian violence, and the threat of their presence fading into complete obscurity in parts of the Middle East, this publication could hardly be more relevant. All in all, a must-read for anyone who cares about human dignity and the place of religious freedom in society.

  • By berluti on 17 December 2012

    Rupert Shortt's Christianophobia: A faith under attack is a comprehensive, challenging and disturbing overview of contemporary persecution of Christians in many countries around the world. It is full of poignant detail; very readable; and is a "Must Read" for all who are concerned with growing violations of human rights and threats to one of the most fundamental freedoms: freedom of religion. There is no faith tradition in the world today which is suffering such an onslaught, which is often under reported. This book challenges readers not to allow political correctness in any form to inhibit full and frank discussion of these threats to freedom. Those of us who have the privilege of freedom have an obligation to use our freedom on behalf of those who are denied it.The Baroness (Caroline) Cox

  • By Peter Sedgwick on 26 November 2012

    This book changes the way in which Christianity is understood today . Rupert Shortt is a very well regarded author, with major biographies of Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict. In this book he demonstrates the terrible persecution undergone by Christians in many parts of the world. Scholarly, passionate, well researched and with a command of story telling which grips and disturbs the reader, this is a book which should change the views of governments, NGOs and individuals. It is a very important and readable book which has both moved and saddened me. It is a major publication.

  • By David Patrick Alton on 16 November 2012

    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.While we are free to deepen our spiritual lives, Christians in Nigeria are murdered while attending Mass; Christians throughout the Middle East are hunted down, killed, persecuted and discriminated against.Shortt identifies several reasons for the upsurge of hatred and violence against Christians - from Islamic fundamentalism to the over- identification of Christianity with Western political or economic interests. These are complex questions worthy of a big book which Shortt has given us. His painstakingly researched account should act as a much needed wake-up call.


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