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5.0 out of 5 stars Light in a Dark Place
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
As an agnostic, I found this a decent read, and am better informed after reading it. It is not an easy book as at times I feel the author leaves unsaid things that should be said in order to avoid offending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light in a Dark Place, 16 Nov 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review - Aid to the Church in Need UK, 16 Nov 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.
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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 A "Must-Read", 17 Dec 2012
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very important book, 5 Dec 2012
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish there had been no need to write this book -, 15 Oct 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianophobia, 16 Nov 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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