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Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack [Hardcover]

Rupert Shortt
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1 Nov 2012

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.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rider (1 Nov 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846042755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846042751
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rupert Shortt is Religion Editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has contributed to a range of publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Tablet and the Madrid-based Revista de Libros. His books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack, Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop, Rowan Williams: An Introduction, God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation, and Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith.

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"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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A very timely look at the most shameful media silence of our era: the murder, oppression and persecution of Christians around the world

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5.0 out of 5 stars Light in a Dark Place 16 Nov 2012
By bdm
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review - Aid to the Church in Need UK 16 Nov 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly new understanding 15 Nov 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't ignore this persecuted faith! 16 Nov 2012
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Christianity appears as an all-powerful faith which has inflicted great suffering on others. Not so - Shortt discovers that indigenous Christians endure great hardship; his account of the Middle East, Africa and South and East Asia shows the shape of a future conflict. This unique account is a real page turner and ahead of its time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important book 5 Dec 2012
By CJ Craig VINE VOICE
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If you are familiar with Christian Solidarity Worldwide you will be aware of many of the situations explored in this book. While international sensitivity towards Islam and the followers of Islam is growing the intensity of attacks against Christians is also on the rise. Although the various attacks may appear in the media they are often oddly divorced from the anti-Christian sentiment that is the root of these attacks. Throughout the world Christians are coming under more severe prejudice. They are persecuted intensely in mainly Muslim countries. An example of this is the situation in Egypt where the Coptic Church is under constant threat; and in Iraq where only a handful of Christians remains. This is tragic since the cradle of Christianity is precisely in Egypt and Iraq. If cities in Western countries - Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sydney - are home to large Muslim communities with numbers of Mosques and believers are allowed to worship freely, it seems only right that Cairo, Alexandria, Baghdad, Islamabad, Gaza City and other cities in predominantly Muslim countries should also extend that courtesy to the Christian minority. Then, and only then, will our faiths lead us to a better tomorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of major importance 26 Nov 2012
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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.
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Eye-opening and very informative, I found this well researched and very read-able book most helpful in that it gives a lot of background as well as recent factual information. Prime time reading, not bed-time reading. John Tame
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4.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable wake up call 4 Sep 2013
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Whilst I am kept abreast of the predicament of Christians in many countries through engagement with active relief agencies and charities, this book deepened my understanding of the factors that come into play, and I recommend it most strongly. As the strap-line infers, by contrast to some other instances of persecution, for example the Muslim population of Burma/Myanmar, the oppression of Christians does not get the attention that it merits from the media or other sectors with political influence or power. Rupert Shortt does not ignore parallel persecution of other faiths, nor does he gloss over the evidence of misdeeds by Christians. But he provides disturbing global evidence of oppression of Christians that should challenge our political leadership in their realpolitik approach to such countries as Saudi Arabia.

A particulary valuable aspect of this book, which I endorse from personal experience in the field, is its stress on the long history of Christian communities in many of the countries where they are now labelled as alien and counter-cultural. We in the West are, by contrast, 'Johnny come latelys'. In this context faith groups in the UK, and particularly in the US, should consider very carefully the impact of their behaviour and evangelistic engagement, which can play into the hands of both governments and extremist groups who wish to brand Christians in their countries as agents of a 'western religion'.
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