Rupert Shortt’s Christianophobia, published in the UK this past November, has been inspiring discussions on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks (more on that below).
Thus is it with great pleasure that we can announce that Eerdmans will be releasing the US edition of Shortt’s groundbreaking book later this spring — and that it is now available for American readers to preorder on our website and elsewhere.
Here’s our official description of the book:
On October 29, 2005, three Indonesian schoolgirls were beheaded as they walked to school — targeted because they were Christians. Like them, many other church members around the world face violence or discrimination for their faith. Why is this religious persecution so widely ignored?
In Christianophobia Rupert Shortt investigates the shocking treatment of Christians on several continents, revealing that they are oppressed in significantly greater numbers than members of any other faith. Shortt also exposes the extent of official collusion. Young Christians don’t easily become radicalized but tend to resist nonviolently or keep a low profile, which has enabled politicians and the media to play down a problem of huge dimensions.
Shortt demonstrates how freedom of belief is the canary in the mine for liberty in general. Published at a time when the fundamental importance of faith on the world stage is at last being recognized, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in people’s right to religious freedom, no matter where, or among whom, they live.
That’s how we’re describing Christianophobia, but what are others saying about it? Read on to sample excerpts from some of the notable reviews the book has already received . . .
“Some 200 million Christians — two-thirds of the entire population of the United States — are now suffering oppression, even to the point of death, on account of their faith. Yet, if you ask the average person about it, they probably wouldn’t know anything about Christianity’s modern martyrdom, much less know where and why it’s occurring. Rupert Shortt does, having traveled through Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, and returned to tell a story as harrowing as it is unforgettable. . . . Christianophobia covers it all. I read the book in one sitting, gripped by every page. I finished it with a sense of anguish, asking two questions: Why is this catastrophe being so largely ignored, and what, if anything, can be done about it?”
— William Doino, “Rupert Shortt and a Church Besieged,” First Things
“Shortt’s account of prejudice and killing puts paid to any notion that persecution of Christians is something that went out with the Romans and their lions. . . . [He] has done a remarkable job in compiling this book when so little attention has been given in the mainstream media to the plight of Christians, apart from the most high-profile cases.”
— Catherine Pepinster, “Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack, By Rupert Shortt,” The Independent
“Shortt collates useful country-specific evidence of rampant intolerance of Christians from interview material, testimonies, written sources and surveys. . . . His flowing narrative, with just enough background and context for each country, allows the poignant testimonies to speak for themselves. The overall impact is shocking.”
— Ian Linden, “Persecution that’s under the radar,” The Tablet
“Christianophobia is not another Samuel Huntington-style book about the supposed “clash of civilizations” between Western Christendom and the Islamic world. Of the nineteen countries Shortt selects as case studies, only eight have Muslim majorities or, in the case of Nigeria, a near-majority; the inclusion of some of the others – such as Israel, Venezuela, or Belarus – might surprise even Christian readers; in Belarus, Pentecostals, Baptists and other Protestants suffer harassment not only at the hands of the state, but also of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.”
— Brian Stanley, “Thrown to the Lions,” The Times Literary Supplement
“A splendidly rich and informative book, and very up-to-the moment in its coverage. . . . I hope Americans will soon have the chance to read this fine book.”
— Philip Jenkins, “Christianophobia,” The Anxious Bench
Click to preorder Rupert Shortt’s Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack, coming in May, 2013.