The Plight of Middle Eastern Christians
Too few Western Christians realize or remember that cities like Constantinople/Istanbul and Antioch (now Turkey), Jerusalem, Alexandria (Egypt), and Mosul (Iraq) were the global centers of Christianity for as long as a thousand years. Syrians and Egyptians were praying to Jesus when many of our ancestors were still praying to Odin or Jupiter. These ancient churches have survived the millennia, only to come under extreme pressure in recent years. A steady departure of Christians from the Middle East is, particularly in Iraq and some other places, now looking more like a mass exodus.
“Recovering Church History: Exile from Babylon,” by Philip Jenkins. Christianity Today, December 31, 2008.
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Iraq,” by Tina Ramirez. Freedom Politics, June 28, 2011.
“A true resurrection in Iraq: Two Christian communities in Baghdad show real hope for Iraq’s historic diversity–if politicians do their bit,” by Michael Nazir-Ali. The Guardian, May 17, 2011.
(House Reading Group, July 12, 2011)