The Global War on Christians by John L. Allen, Jr.

“No matter how much we may admire the martyrs, most of us aren’t in a hurry to join them.”

Incredibly skeptical. That’s how I would define my attitude going intoThe Global War on Christians by John L. Allen, Jr. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was fairly confident I wasn’t going to enjoy it.

The book is split into three unequal parts with Part One taking up half of the nearly 300 pages. Part One describes in detail the gruesome reality of anti-Christian persecution around the world. It can be very difficult to read for two, very separate reasons. First and most evident, reading about people being beaten and killed is always challenging. The second reason is difficult for an entirely different, more academic reason. Allen decides not to cite his sources for these anti-Christian activities because it is too complicated to find credible sources and he encourages the reader to do the research on the internet. Now in no way do I assume that Mr. Allen is fibbing or skewing the facts, but as someone looking for a resource on Christian martyrdom in modern world, I want a book with some real credentials, but is not the author’s intent and he is clear about that upfront. So in summary of Part One, it got its point across in the first few pages however it goes on for another hundred more.

Part Two is about the myths concerning Christian persecution. I think this section is very valuable, as western Christians tend to carry around assumptions that are clearly untrue or greatly exaggerated. He lists five myths which include discussions on religious minorities, conspiracies,  Islam, motives, and politics.

Part Three, to me, was easily the best part of the book. I really wish this section was at the beginning of the book because Part Three really focuses your thoughts on what Christian persecution does to our families, churches, communities, and the world.

All in all, The Global War on Christians is a good book. It definitely opens your eyes or reminds you of the world around you. The first part of book is difficult to get through but it is well worth it.

Also, I am not crazy about the title of the book. It seems to suggest that there is a global conspiracy to attack Christians, which I don’t think is there. The author approaches the issue of calling it a “global war” and I do think there is a so-called “spiritual” war going on, but the title of book does throw me off a little.

“The faith must always be proposed, never imposed. Do it with great respect, do it gently, and don’t measure success in terms of head counts and market share – but at the same time, do it.”

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