Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Global War on Christians by Jeffrey L Alle
One of the most respected journalists in the United States and the bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalleled knowledge of world affairs and religious insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians.
From Iraq and Egypt to Sudan and Nigeria, from Indonesia to the Indian subcontinent, Christians in the early 21st century are the world's most persecuted religious group. According to the secular International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of violations of religious freedom in the world today are directed against Christians. In effect, our era is witnessing the rise of a new generation of martyrs. Underlying the global war on Christians is the demographic reality that more than two-thirds of the world's 2.3 billion Christians now live outside the West, often as a beleaguered minority up against a hostile majority-- whether it's Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, Hindu radicalism in India, or state-imposed atheism in China and North Korea. In Europe and North America, Christians face political and legal challenges to religious freedom. Allen exposes the deadly threats and offers investigative insight into what is and can be done to stop these atrocities.
“This book is about the most dramatic religion story of the early 21st century, yet one that most people in the West have little idea is even happening: The global war on Christians,” writes John Allen. “We’re not talking about a metaphorical ‘war on religion’ in Europe and the United States, fought on symbolic terrain such as whether it’s okay to erect a nativity set on the courthouse steps, but a rising tide of legal oppression, social harassment and direct physical violence, with Christians as its leading victims. However counter-intuitive it may seem in light of popular stereotypes of Christianity as a powerful and sometimes oppressive social force, Christians today indisputably form the most persecuted religious body on the planet, and too often its new martyrs suffer in silence.”
This book looks to shatter that silence.
MY Review.... This was an interesting book to read and review. As Christians, we are not fully aware of what is going on in the world, and The Global War on Christians enlightens Christians. It was difficult to read about what goes on with other Christians because of their faith in the Lord. In a world that is suppose to be free speech, it is horrible that Christians can't speak about what they believe. John L. Allen Jr. takes us to China, Africa, The Middle East, and many other countries and a informs the world what is taking place with those who Trust in God, and are not afraid to tell about their faith. This is a book well worth your read. I can never do justice explaining what Allen is saying in his book, so I recommend that you read it for yourself, and see for yourself first hand what this author is saying.
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