Under Caesar's Sword

In Response to Persecution: Essays from the Under Caesar’s Sword Project

By Daniel Philpott and Timothy Samuel Shah

Far less well understood is how Christians respond when their religious freedom has been severely violated. Under Caesar’s Sword is the world’s first global investigation of these responses and is undertaken on the premise that a systematic understanding of them can help those who live in relative freedom practice stronger and more effective solidarity with persecuted Christians and can help the often-isolated victims of persecution understand better what responses they might undertake.

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If Not You?

By: Christopher Tollefsen

Occasionally, I receive an invitation to review a book from a journal that must be among the last to make use of snail mail. The sheet of paper detailing the request always includes a small handwritten note from the journal editor: “If not you, then who?”

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Will Churches Stand Up for Christians?

By: Robert J. Joustra

I’ve often been told that persecution strengthens the church. Sometimes, I suppose, this is true. Other times, like in many parts of the Middle East today, persecution just eradicates the church. Words like “genocide” are not idly invoked. The Christian church survives, sure, but not in all times and not in all places. Despite this, it is a perplexing truth that one of the groups most reticent to focus on this persecution is not just the White House, but actual North American churches themselves. The question “Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?” was asked in the New York Times not by a Christian pastor or elder but by the president of the World Jewish Congress. Why?

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Why Christians Deserve Attention

By: Daniel Philpott

Convert, pay a special tax for living here as a religious minority, or die! These were the choices given in late July to the Christians living in Mosul, Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an Islamic extremist group that has proclaimed a region-wide caliphate with itself as the head. ISIS was trying to finish a job. Following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq’s Christians have fled the country en masse in the face of civil war and the threats of armed Islamic extremists. Their numbers have plummeted (using conservative estimates) from an estimated 1.4 million in 2003 to less than 450,000 in 2013.

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