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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Global War on Christians

Given what has been going on in Egypt for more than two years, as well as Syria and too many other places to count, it is not apologetical propaganda or polemical pamphleteering to speak, as John Allen does in a book to be published in October, of The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution (Image Books, 2013), 356pp.

About this book we are told:
John Allen Jr. uses his unparalleled knowledge and insight to investigate the troubling worldwide persecution of Christians. A detailed and statistical look at the ways Christians are persecuted around the world and a challenge to American Christians to take notice of the persecution of others.The bestselling author of The Future Church uses his unparalled knowledge and 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.

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