Christianophobia by Rupert Shortt

By Rupert Shortt

The purpose of this booklet is twofold: One is to counter the large weight of column inches being spent at the perceived, and real, persecution of Islam. the second one is to show up the amount at the aspect of Christians instead of Atheists (a place which has been underpinned so vociferously through Dawkins et al in contemporary times). in truth there were - and nonetheless are - many poor tales of homicide, oppression and persecution of Christians world wide, in East Timor, Burma, Egypt, China, Iran, and plenty of different international locations. the explanation we don't pay attention a lot approximately them, says the writer, is the terror of giving offence; the very fact younger Christians don't develop into radicalised; and persecuted Christians have a tendency to not reply with violence. but Christians are persecuted in higher numbers than the other worldwide non secular physique, and this truth is significantly under-recognised. It seems to be most likely interfaith family members could be an immense problem of the twenty first century, and concord among religions is calling beautiful distant. Why are faiths now so linked to violent clash? Why has the communications revolution had a deeper impression on Islam than on Christianity? Why is there a bent to affiliate Christianity with the West, and with overt/covert different types of colonialism? simply how insular and prejudiced are we within the West approximately Christians in another country?

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Butler and D. E. Stokes, Political Change in Britain: The Evolution of Electoral Choice, 2nd edn. (London: Macmillan, 1974), 156 and ‘Political Change in Britain, 1963–1970’, dataset at UKDA, SN 44; (1974) ‘British Election Study, October 1974’, dataset at UKDA, SN 666; (1979) ‘British Election Study, May 1979’, dataset at UKDA, SN 1533. ’ or similar question is that it was a ‘leading’ one, inferring not simply that respondents should or would have a religion to declare but that they could also denominationalize it, thereby encouraging religious nominalism.

91 Sociology of religion established itself as an academic field in the late 1960s and early 1970s: a cluster of student textbooks on it were written by British sociologists at that time; A Sociological Yearbook of Religion in Britain was published D. Wright and E. Cox, ‘Changes in Moral Belief among Sixth-Form Boys and Girls over a Seven-Year Period in Relation to Religious Belief, Age, and Sex Difference’, British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 10 (1971): 332–41; D. Wright and E. Cox, ‘Changes in Attitudes towards Religious Education and the Bible among Sixth-Form Boys and Girls’, British Journal of Educational Psychology 41 (1971): 328–31.

18 For other Scottish surveys, including System Three polls in 1976 and 1980 which failed to differentiate between Protestant denominations, see C. D. Field, ‘ “The Haemorrhage of Faith”? Opinion Polls as Sources for Religious Practices, Beliefs, and Attitudes in Scotland since the 1970s’, Journal of Contemporary Religion 16 (2001): 157–75 at 160–2. , 19–21. More generally on the geography of English religion, see J. D. Gay, The Geography of Religion in England (London: Duckworth, 1971). 20 For a general review of the evidence, see C.

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