Christianophobia: Q&A with author Rupert Shortt on the global persecution of Christians

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Debris from outside Nigeria's COCIN church, which was bombed in February 2012.

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Debris from outside Nigeria's COCIN church, which was bombed in February 2012.

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Tying into the surge of debate around Christian martyrdom and persecution, here are some highlights from a recent interview with Rupert Shortt, author of Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack.

  • i want to change my religion convet to christan how

  • This was an excellent, well-reasoned article. It was good to see the analysis that in Nigeria, the violence is rooted in a political turf war, and that in the Belarus, it’s Christians who are intolerant. There is a universality to the issue of anti-[other] persecution or [other]phobia that we all have to confront.

    I’d like to know what the author, and Mr. Shortt think about the argument promulgated by American leaders at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview (John Stonestreet) and the Heritage Foundation (Ryan T. Anderson) that the legal and cultural acceptance of gay marriage will lead to “anti-Christian persecution.”

  • Larry

    The problem being, too many people on the far right are trying to use religion as a justification for their policies. Mostly its done as a way to get poor people to vote against their economic interests.

    They engage in “martyr-baiting” pretending they are being oppressed because they are not being allowed to run roughshod over the rights of anyone else. Sorry, the majority faith and the dominant culture of the nation are not oppressed. Just whiny about not getting their way.

    All this nonsense makes it difficult to take things seriously when there is news of legitimate persecution of Christians. Even worse, when people blatantly lie about the level of persecution worldwide with phony numbers. It undermines real news on the subject.

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  • Jay

    Rajan, for many reasons, you will recieve conflicting views from different individuals on how, and why, to convert to Christianity. Most of these lead back to a basis in the Bible. That’s really the most important thing to know; the Bible is the word of God who really does love you and wants you to follow and love him. I don’t know where you live, but in America there are many different churches with many different teachings, so whatever you hear from a preacher or priest, find it in the Bible and back it up. Souther Baptist churches normally follow the Bible pretty closely. The most important thing you need is a Bible. If you don’t have one, most bookstores will. The NIV and King Janes Versions are probably the best guides. Try going to Bible-studies and revivals and talking to different ministers and always remember to read your Bible and pray as often as possible, God will help. And remember, also, it won’t be easy; the world, even the western world, is not very Christian. It won’t be easy, but I promise that it will be worth it. God Bless you, Rajan, and good luck.

  • Earold Gunter

    Jay is absolutely correct on only one part, if you are considering converting you should read the bible, all of the bible, from Genesis, to Revelations. Read it carefully, take notes while doing so about the things it says, and teaches. Look for inconsistencies, contradictions, and immorality. Go and find out what well respected historians, and theologians have to say about who wrote the books of the Bible, when they were written, who assembled them, why it was assembled, what other books were left out in the process, and why they were left out. Put all that information together, then look at Christianity as a whole, which is based on this book, or more precisely assembly of books, with logical reasoning, and critical thinking, and you may discover how so very ridiculous it is to believe it, and to be part of an organization that does.
    By the way Rajan, this process will also work for any other religious belief system. As soon as you really learn what it is, you’ll discover it is just falsehoods put together by man, and are well on your way to freeing yourself from the bondage of superstitious beliefs. Next step, start questioning if their is a God at all….
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