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Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack

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    Rupert Shortt(Author)

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The aim of this book is twofold: One is to counter the huge weight of column inches being spent on the perceived, and actual, persecution of Islam. The second is to turn up the volume on the side of Christians rather than Atheists (a position which has been underpinned so vociferously by Dawkins et al in recent times).

In fact there have been - and still are - many terrible stories of murder, oppression and persecution of Christians around the world, in East Timor, Burma, Egypt, China, Iran, and many other countries. The reason we don't hear much about them, says the author, is the fear of giving offence; the fact young Christians don't become radicalised; and persecuted Christians tend not to respond with violence. Yet Christians are persecuted in greater numbers than any other global religious body, and this fact is severely under-recognised.

It looks likely interfaith relations will be a major challenge of the 21st century, and harmony between religions is looking pretty remote. Why are faiths now so associated with violent conflict? Why has the communications revolution had a deeper impact on Islam than on Christianity? Why is there a tendency to associate Christianity with the West, and with overt/covert forms of colonialism? Just how insular and prejudiced are we in the West about Christians abroad?

"Thorough, fluent and hard-hitting, Shortt’s years of experience as an investigative journalist shine through in this controversial and enlightening book." (Telegraph)"A very well-balanced and timely analysis...Shortt is a sane, observant reporter, and the story he tells is a very troubling one" (A. N. Wilson)"An important book that statesmen of all faiths would do well to read." (Gerald Butt Church Times)"A much needed wake-up call...Required reading." (Lord Alton, Books of the Year Catholic Times)"Important, well-written...the overall impact is shocking." (Tablet)

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Rupert Shortt(Author)
  • Rider (4 July 2013)
  • 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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