The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight, and by Andreas Knapp,Sharon Howe

By Andreas Knapp,Sharon Howe

A Westerner’s travels one of the persecuted and displaced Christian remnant in Iraq and Syria train him a lot approximately religion less than fire.

Inside Syria and Iraq, or even alongside the refugee path, they’re a spiritual minority persecuted for his or her Christian religion. open air the center East, they’re suspect due to their nationality. A small remnant of Christians is at the run from the Islamic nation. in the event that they are burnt up, or scattered to the corners of the earth, the language that Jesus spoke should be misplaced without end – in addition to the witness of a church that has modeled Jesus’ method of nonviolence and enemy-love for 2 millennia.

The kidnapping, enslavement, torture, and homicide of Christians via the Islamic nation, or ISIS, were designated by way of newshounds, as have the jihadists' planned efforts to ruin the cultural history of a quarter that's the cradle of Christianity. yet a few tales run deep, and with no greater figuring out of the spiritual and old roots of the current clash, historical past will retain repeating itself century after century.

Andreas Knapp, a clergyman who works with refugees in Germany, travelled to camps for displaced humans within the Kurdish sector of northern Iraq to assemble tales of survivors – and to hunt solutions to troubling questions on the hyperlink among faith and violence. He came across Christians who this present day nonetheless communicate Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The uprooted remnant of old church buildings, they doggedly proceed to perform their religion regardless of the percentages. Their devastating eyewitness experiences make it transparent why thousands are fleeing the center East. but, remarkably, even though those final Christians carry little desire of ever returning to their houses, in addition they harbor no thirst for revenge. might or not it's that they – in addition to the Christians of the West, whose curiosity will make certain their destiny – carry the foremost to breaking the cycle of violence within the region?

Includes 16 pages of colour photographs.

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