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Christianity and Freedom

Volume 2. Contemporary Perspectives

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Todd M. Johnson, Paul Marshall, Donald E. Miller, Rebecca S. Shah, Allen D. Hertzke, Mark Brockway, Fenggang Yang, Robert W. Hefner, Zainal Abidin Bagir, Chad M. Bauman, James Ponniah, Reg Reimer, Sara Singha, Richard Burgess, Danny McCain, Mariz Tadros, Duane Alex Miller, Philip Sumpter, Daphne Tsimhoni, Michael Hoffman, Amaney Jamal, Matthew Barber
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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107561885

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  • Volume 2 of Christianity and Freedom illuminates how Christian minorities and transnational Christian networks contribute to the freedom and flourishing of societies across the globe, even amidst pressure and violent persecution. Featuring unprecedented field research by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, it documents the outsized role of Christians in promoting human rights and religious freedom; fighting injustice; stimulating economic equality; providing education, social services, and health care; and nurturing democratic civil society. Readers will come away surprised and sobered to learn how this very Christian link to freedom often invites persecution. What are the dimensions of persecution and how are Christians responding to that pressure? What resources - theological, social, or transnational - do they marshal in leavening their societies? What will be lost if the Christian presence is marginalized? The answers to these questions are of crucial relevance in a world awash with religious extremism and deepening instability.

    • Gathers top scholarship on Christianity and human rights
    • Corrects prevailing misconceptions of the historical development of liberal freedoms
    • Shows how a profound theological idea propelled innovations in human history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is rich in ethnography, marked by brilliant historical analyses, and rooted in relevant theories … well-conceived and executed book. The quality of each chapter is high.' Nimi Wariboko, Journal of Church and State

    'I had no idea of the extent and severity of persecution of Christians today. … Not only were the descriptions of present day persecution eye-opening for me. They brought me up short.' Nicholas Wolterstorff, Comment

    'The observations of the contributing authors are judicious and do not reinforce stereotypes. … If one lesson emerges from this wide survey, it is that cultural contexts in which Christians spread their faith, and are sometimes oppressed for it, are extremely diverse.' Stephen Schwartz, First Things

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107561885
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 1 map 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Persecution in the context of religious and Christian demography, 1970–2020 Todd M. Johnson
    2. Patterns and purposes of contemporary anti-Christian persecution Paul Marshall
    3. Where the spirit leads: global Pentecostalism and freedom Donald E. Miller
    4. Christianity among the marginalized: empowering poor women in India Rebecca S. Shah
    5. Transnational Christian networks for human dignity Allen D. Hertzke and Mark Brockway
    6. The growth and dynamism of Chinese Christianity Fenggang Yang
    7. Christianity and religious freedom in Indonesia since 1998 Robert W. Hefner and Zainal Abidin Bagir
    8. Christianity and freedom in India: colonialism, communalism, caste, and violence Chad M. Bauman and James Ponniah
    9. Vietnam: Christianity's contributions to freedoms and human flourishing in adversity Reg Reimer
    10. The challenge and leaven of Christianity in Pakistan Sara Singha
    11. Christianity and the challenge of religious violence in northern Nigeria Richard Burgess and Danny McCain
    12. Copts of Egypt: defiance, compliance, and continuity Mariz Tadros
    13. Between the hammer and the anvil: indigenous Palestinian Christianity in the West Bank Duane Alex Miller and Philip Sumpter
    14. Christians in the state of Israel: between integration and emigration Daphne Tsimhoni
    15. Arab Muslim attitudes toward religious minorities Michael Hoffman and Amaney Jamal
    16. They that remain: Syrian and Iraqi Christian communities amid the Syria conflict and the rise of the Islamic State Matthew Barber.

  • Editors

    Allen D. Hertzke, University of Oklahoma
    Allen D. Hertzke is an internationally recognized scholar of religion and politics. He is author of Freeing God's Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights and editor of The Future of Religious Freedom. A past fellow for the Pew Research Center, he directed the study, 'Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington DC'. He is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

    Timothy Samuel Shah, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and Global Politics at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is the author, most recently, of Religious Freedom: Why Now?: Defending an Embattled Human Right and God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (with Monica Duffy Toft and Daniel Philpott).


    Todd M. Johnson, Paul Marshall, Donald E. Miller, Rebecca S. Shah, Allen D. Hertzke, Mark Brockway, Fenggang Yang, Robert W. Hefner, Zainal Abidin Bagir, Chad M. Bauman, James Ponniah, Reg Reimer, Sara Singha, Richard Burgess, Danny McCain, Mariz Tadros, Duane Alex Miller, Philip Sumpter, Daphne Tsimhoni, Michael Hoffman, Amaney Jamal, Matthew Barber

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