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International Journal for Religious Freedom - Volume 1, Issue 1, 2008
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2008
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 5 –9 (2008)More Less
The International Journal for Religious Freedom (IJRF) is dedicated to the scholarly discourse on the issue of religious freedom in general and the persecution of Christians in particular. It is an interdisciplinary, international, peer reviewed, scholarly journal, serving the practical interests of religious freedom and contains research articles, documentation, book reviews and academic news on the issue.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 11 –12 (2008)More Less
The International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) is an Institute of the World Evangelical Alliance and its Religious Liberty Commission with the aim of working towards:
- The establishment of reliable facts on the restriction of religious freedom worldwide;
- The introduction of the subject of religious freedom into academic research and theological curricula;
- The study of pastoral issues relating to those who are affected.
Author Thomas SchirrmacherSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 13 –25 (2008)More Less
At least 75% of all religious liberty violations worldwide are committed against Christians. There are many reasons: Christianity is by far the largest religion and phenomenally growing. Countries with a colonial history use traditional religions for identity building and many countries increasingly connect nationalism and religion. Christians often are major advocates for human rights and democracy and endanger well-established connections between religion and industry. The peacefulness of Christian churches invites the use of force against them since no resistance is feared. They are often equated with the hated West and the international nature of Christianity is regarded as a danger. Religious conversion, peaceful missionary work and the public expression of religious convictions must be safeguarded as integral components of religious freedom. By defending religious freedom of Christians, the plight of other persecuted minorities is also brought to attention. Let us promote religious liberty for all people around the world, regardless of religious or ideological affiliation. [CS]
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 26 –48 (2008)More Less
Persecution and martyrdom can be viewed from a human rights / religious freedom perspective or from a Christian theological perspective. The author presents current research, outlines various research questions and points to academic disciplines which do or could pursue these: Why do the world religions and worldviews persecute Christians? (Religious Studies); What types of persecution are there? (Social Sciences); How can country profiles on persecution be developed? (Social Sciences); Where are Christians persecuted most today? (Geography for Mapping); How can the intensity of persecution be measured? (Sociology of Religion); What global trends can be observed in religious persecution? (Political Sciences and Futures Studies); Can martyrs be counted? (Statistics of Religion). To be continued with a theological part.
Author Glenn PennerSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 49 –66 (2008)More Less
Contrary to popular opinion, biblical teaching on religious freedom and the persecution of the righteous is not restricted to the New Testament. Significant foundational teachings are found in the Pentateuch on religious freedom, beginning with the creation of mankind in the divine image, and persecution, beginning with the Fall and the first murder, that of Abel by Cain. These foundational teachings are exemplified in the Pentateuch in the lives of its major characters including Noah, Lot, Abraham, Isaac, and Moses as they seek to live out lives of faith in the face of opposition.
Author Charles L. TieszenSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 67 –80 (2008)More Less
This study is a reevaluation of the ways in which religious persecution is presently understood. After briefly demonstrating various shortcomings apparent in many considerations of the event, the author will set out a comprehensive definition of the religious persecution of Christians in an effort to overcome the misunderstandings that hamper theological reflection.
The impact of persecution upon the Igreja Evangelica Congregacional in Angola 1950-1974 : research in progressAuthor Asaf C.N. AugustoSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 81 –84 (2008)More Less
My interest in the research stems from personal experience of a warring Angola during the 1980's. Growing up in Angola, as anIgreja Evangelica Congregacional in Angola (IECA) pastor's son, I knew fear, social exclusion, and religious alienation. Much of the persecution which the IECA faced during this period of history can be ascribed to the impact of Marxism-Leninism, the political ideology adopted by the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) after independence in 1975.
Disinformation, discrimination, destruction and growth : a case study on persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka : case studyAuthor Godfrey YogarajahSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 85 –94 (2008)More Less
The article seeks to examine the trends and patterns of warning, and the stages of metamorphosis, towards violent persecution of the church, and God's redemptive transformation of the situation. Real life experiences and stories are used to illustrate and analyze trends of persecution through a case study of Sri Lanka.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 95 –99 (2008)More Less
Ethnic Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the sixth century BCE, probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced into Sri Lanka beginning in about the mid-third century BCE. By the time Portuguese Roman Catholics arrived in 1505, they encountered three main kingdoms: ethnic Tamils from southern India had established a base in the north, while the ethnic Sinhalese had two long-standing kingdoms based in the southwest.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 100 –110 (2008)More Less
As a complement to the article of Godfrey Yogarajah on Sri Lanka, the editors have chosen to document the activities of one Evangelical Alliance in Asia on behalf of religious liberty in their country and region. It is striking to observe how the intervention in the areas of Religious Liberty / Human Rights and Peace / Reconciliation are intertwined. The Alliance members raise their voice for a murdered pastor as well as for executed Red Cross workers or expelled Tamil labourers. They mobilise Christians in interdenominational cooperation as well as for prayer and fasting. They report on individual cases as well as addressing public policy issues. They also look beyond their own country by hosting a Training of Trainers Seminar on the theology of persecution for Christian leaders from other Asian countries.
Author Elizabeth KendalSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 111 –123 (2008)More Less
The two main issues to dominate religious liberty through 2007 and develop through 2008 are apostasy and the fear thereof, and the New Cold War. The phenomenon of apostasy, eg. Muslims leaving Islam, has increased and become more visible with apostates increasingly publicly claiming their religious liberty themselves. The fearful reaction of the dictators to it, 'apostaphobia', has become more violent. The new geo-political realities in the form of a New Cold War are set to have a profound and negative impact on global religious liberty.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 124 –134 (2008)More Less
The Christian leaders gathered in the Issue Group 'The persecuted church' at the 2004 Forum held in Pattaya, Thailand found the following guidelines, initially developed by a Christian advocacy agency, helpful for those who are reporting on persecution. We have revised the document and added check lists. The IJRF wishes to contribute towards developing best practice among advocacy agencies for religious freedom and human rights. Please let us have other documents of similar nature.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 1, pp 135 –151 (2008)More Less
The Noteworthy section points to findings and reports published elsewhere. The editors invite all researchers and organizations to proactively keep us up to date about their latest output. We currently include what we came across in our research but we would like this section turn into a vibrant market place of information sharing. Please indicate whether material you submit is for publication or for background information of the editors only.