The Very Stones Cry Out
That Christians are persecuted in various parts of the world is well-known. Less often documented are the violent, systematic attacks on churches and holy sites. Part of an historic process, places of Christian worship have been destroyed over the centuries,...
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That Christians are persecuted in various parts of the world is well-known. Less often documented are the violent, systematic attacks on churches and holy sites. Part of an historic process, places of Christian worship have been destroyed over the centuries, from the middle ages through the Armenian genocide and the assaults on Christians in the Middle East and Turkey through to the present day. This book focuses on the continuing attacks on Christian communities in many parts of the world today. Baroness Cox presents graphic photographs and survivors' accounts as testimony to widespread destruction, and provides powerful documentary evidence of contemporary persecution. This is a powerful challenge to the rest of the Church, and advocates of religious freedom, to take these attacks on Christians of all denominations seriously. She writes, 'no other belief tradition has suffered such sustained assaults - or been so silent about violence perpetrated against its own people.' Though painful, the contents combine to provide a moving celebration of the resilience of the human spirit and the Christian faith.
According to the World Evangelical Alliance, over 200 million Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith. Many face widespread and systematic persecution. The Very Stones Cry Out is a passionate challenge to the rest of the Church, and all advocates of religious freedom, to break their silence on this issue.Baroness Cox presents graphic photographs and survivors' accounts as testimony to widespread destruction, and provides powerful documentary evidence of contemporary persecution. Featuring contributions from those with on the ground experience of the nations concerned, this book details the impact that sustained persecution has on individuals, families and communities. In doing so, it provides a moving account of resilience in the face of destruction, and joy in spite of trials, making this a book that is as much about celebration as it is about challenge.
Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist and journalist. He works for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and specializes in Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He is a trustee of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust and author ofA Land Without Evil.
Baroness Cox was until recently Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, and a notable advocate of human rights around the world. Her story was told in Voice of the Voiceless, recently she has authored The Immoral Trade highlighting the continuance of slavery and forced prostitution and Islam, Islamism and the West: Is Idiological Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy? (2005); Baroness Cox has had a career in Academic, Political and Social Justice fields unashamedly as a Christian, and most recently has been appointed Chancellor of Hope University in Liverpool.
- Locations Include: Nigeria (jos), Sudan, Armenia, India (orissa State), Indonesia, Sri Lanka, China, North Korea. The Attacks Highlight Urgent Questions About Matters Of Inter-faith Understanding, Respect And Toleration: Attacks Carried Out By People Identifying Themselves With Communism, Fundamentalist Hinduism, Fundamentalist Buddhism, And Militant Islam.