I’ve had a sneak preview of this book by John Allen and so have ordered a copy for the parish library.
The content is as dramatic as the title but the book is weighty and well self aware of the complex and political nature of its topic. This is not a tract from the right co-opting the suffering of our sisters and brothers around the globe. It is a call to action – beginning with being informed.
Though a few years old now (2013 – how did I miss it?), it remains relevant – even more so – through what it documents. I can’t wait to read the whole thing but if anyone would like review it for this blog site please let me know.
“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.”