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International Journal for Religious Freedom - Volume 3, Issue 1, 2010
Volume 3, Issue 1, 2010
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 5 –6 (2010)More Less
There are a number of global Christian mission conferences happening in 2010. In addition, the discussion on how the propagation of one's world view and the issues of religious freedom, persecution and even martyrdom are related, has increased. Therefore we have chosen to focus in this issue of the International Journal for Religious Freedom on "mission and persecution."
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 7 –8 (2010)More Less
The International Institute for Religious Freedom (IIRF) of the World Evangelical Alliance pays tribute to the member of its Academic Board, Rev Glenn M Penner, MA, who succumbed to leukemia at the age of 48 on 26 January 2010. In his advisory function he focused on the theology of persecution and curriculum development.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 9 –13 (2010)More Less
This section provides a platform for organisations working in the area of religious liberty to introduce themselves. In this way we seek to raise awareness of the various players in the field. We hope this will lead to appreciation of their work and will ultimately serve the persecuted.
Author Gordon L. HeathSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 15 –21 (2010)More Less
This article identifies four myths associated with the wishing for persecution that is frequently a part of North American evangelicalism. The argument developed is that besides being naïve and completely out-of-touch with the reality of persecution, wishing for persecution is unbiblical. What is even more sobering is that the history of Christianity indicates that the arrival of persecution could be a disaster and lead to the church's complete eradication in a particular geographical region.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 23 –37 (2010)More Less
The authors claim that now is the right time for the global evangelical movement to formulate a public code of ethics for Christian mission. Occasionally mission work has been marred by actions that do not demonstrate a proper level of respect for people. A code of ethics in mission would establish a standard of accountability and also become an evangelical contribution to the global effort to establish standards for the relations among religions which should help protect the freedom of religion. The complementary principles informing this code should be the need of all people for the gospel and the God-given dignity of all people created in his image.
Author Brian J. GrimSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 39 –46 (2010)More Less
This article summarizes key findings from the Global Restrictions on Religion report, a study released in December 2009 by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life. The report covers 198 countries and territories, representing more than 99% of the world's population for the two-year period of July 2006 through June 2008. It distinguishes government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion before combining them in a joint index.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 65 –79 (2010)More Less
Mission theology must integrate a theology of the cross and of glory. The Bad Urach Statement of 2010 contributes "Towards an evangelical theology of suffering, persecution and martyrdom for the global church in mission". The article gives an outline of a theology of suffering in mission, looks at practical applications for mission and for theological education.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 81 –88 (2010)More Less
Dr Khataza Gondwe heads the sub-Saharan Africa team at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and is based in Surrey, United Kingdom. CSW is a human rights organisation that specialises in religious freedom, works on behalf of those persecuted for their Christian beliefs and promotes religious liberty for all (www.csw.org.uk). The interview was conducted in July 2010 in written form.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 89 –93 (2010)More Less
As members of the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, we are deeply concerned by the continuing loss of life in violence that has affected northern and central Nigeria since 1999, and particularly, the recent murders of hundreds of men, women and children in Plateau State. We stand with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who seek the restoration of justice, rehabilitation, reconciliation, and peace in their nation, and who uphold fundamental human dignity and rights, including religious freedom. We specifically call on all Christians worldwide to respond to this appeal for prayer and action in recognition that we are One Body united in Christ.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 95 –106 (2010)More Less
Only 400 kilometers from the famed Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China, there are brave "Christian soldiers" in the Fushan county, Linfen City Church. Their aim is not political control, their "struggle is not against flesh and blood"; yet, bruised and bloodied, with their leaders sentenced in November 2009 to prison and labor camps, they stand with faithful Christian witness before their countrymen and before leaders positioned in China's government and worldwide. The religious freedom situation in China continues to be a complex challenge for those seeking to worship freely. How can those who are daily faced with illegitimate requirements restricting their God-given right to religious freedom obey God first, and also give appropriate respect due to their law and officials?
The bad Urach call : toward understanding suffering, persecution, and martyrdom for the global church in missionSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 107 –111 (2010)More Less
By any definition of persecution, the worldwide Body of Christ can count many millions of Christians experiencing persecution today. Their sufferings range from violent death and martyrdom, to physical or psychological torture, to invasive rules confining their worship activities to church buildings, to lower- level forms of discrimination in countless other countries, including many with strong rules protecting religious freedom. Due to the massive rise in population and the explosion in the numbers of Christians, never in the history of the Church have so many of Christ's followers experienced persecution as today, though the number of those who die as martyrs for the faith is not often so large.
Missionary activities and human rights : recommended ground rules for missionary activities (a basis for creating individual codes of conduct)Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 113 –122 (2010)More Less
This document is the result of a project on missionary activities and human rights at the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion and Belief (the Oslo Coalition). With human rights as a basis, the project aims to contribute to preventing conflicts arising from missionary activities. To this end and through a long consultative process a project group and its advisory committee have created this document of Recommended Ground Rules. The consultative process started in 2005 and has included a number of national and international seminars under the auspices of the Oslo Coalition, with representatives from Norwegian and foreign academic bodies, faith communities and missionary organisations.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 123 –133 (2010)More Less
World Report 2010
Annual Report of USCIRF 2010
Hall of Shame Report for Year 2009 - The world's ten worst persecutors of Christians
World Watch List - Where faith costs the most
Afghanistan: Letter to the Body of Christ around the world
Afghanistan: Age of Apostacy
Africa: Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa
China: 2009 Annual Report - Top ten cases of Christian persecution in China
China: Congressional-Executive Commission on China Annual Report 2009
China: Annual Report of Persecution by the Government on Christian House Churches within Mainland China
Iran: Nature of the Persecution against the Bahá'ís in Iran
Malaysian Indian Minority & Human Rights Violations Annual Report 2009
Nigeria and Religious Liberty
Turkey: Report on Human Rights Violations of 2010
Somalia: Eligibility guidelines for assessing the international protection needs of asylum-seekers from Somalia
USA: Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2010 - Report to the Congress
USA: Strategic Plan - Fiscal Years 2004-2009
Uzbekistan: Human Rights Watch Concerns
Chinese Law & Religion Monitor
Digital Activism Decoded - The New Mechanics of Change
Freedom in the World 2010: Erosion of freedom intensifies
Focus Paper on Defamation of Religions
Global Restrictions on Religion
Religious Freedom, Democracy, and International Human Rights
Violence against abortion clinics
"Insulting Islam": One Way Street in the Wrong Direction
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 135 –136 (2010)More Less
The Atlas of Global Christianity maps changes in the geographic spread of world religions, Christianity and Christian mission over the past one hundred years. In the section on religious freedom (p. 36-43) reviewed here, Brian J Grim provides a more differentiated set of indicators than in his Pew study, "Global restrictions on religion" (reviewed above). Moreover, a set of maps helps to visualize, even on the sub-national level of regions, the degree of infringement of religious liberty worldwide.
Source: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 136 –137 (2010)More Less
This study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life that covers 198 countries, representing more than 99.5% of the world's population. Based on the incidents of religious violence or intolerance from mid-2006 to mid-2008, it finds that about one-third of the countries in the world have high or very high restrictions on religion, representing nearly 70% of the world's 6.8 billion people. It is intended to revise on an annual basis to be able to chart changes and trends for single countries and regions over time.
Evangelical internationalism. The American Christian right and global human rights, Gerlinde Groitl : book reviewsAuthor Frank HinkelmannSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3 (2010)More Less
"While evangelical Christians are usually identified with policies of unilateralism, militancy, and controversy only, the [American] Christian Right recently presented itself as a genuine force that fights against injustice and human rights abuses abroad" (p.19). In her thesis the author attempts to clarify the reasons "why evangelical Christians turned to and engage in global human rights advocacy" (p.20). Among the American Christian Right and its key organizations (p.20), Groitl identifies the National Association of Evangelicals as "of particular importance for the new foreign affairs activism" (p.27). The human rights concern within American evangelicalism are the fight against religious persecution, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and poverty (p.34-41).
Evangelization and religious freedom : ad gentes, dignitatis humanae, Stephen B. Bevans and Jeffrey Gros : book reviewsAuthor Thomas WeissmullerSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3 (2010)More Less
The watershed in the Roman-Catholic church's stance on religious liberty occurred at the Second Vatican Council and it was the greatest seismic shift in its thinking and theology. Religious freedom was dismissed as modernism by Pope Pius IX in 1864 and was thus regarded by official Catholic theology for nearly two centuries as an undesirable permission to promote errors that could not be endorsed.
Author E. Paul BaliskySource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 140 –141 (2010)More Less
This ground-breaking study (PhD in history, University of Michigan) presents various responses of three diverse streams of Ethiopian Christianity to the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Marxist Revolution. Eshete, a former Orthodox adherent and subsequently a convert to Ethiopian Pentecostalism, describes this movement as rising from many tributaries, internal as well as external, and considers it as part of the broader evangelical movement.
Hope for the southern world : impacting societal problems in the non-Western world, Timothy M. Monsma : book reviewsAuthor Ron Boyd-MacMillanSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3 (2010)More Less
Author Abhijit NayakSource: International Journal for Religious Freedom 3, pp 141 –142 (2010)More Less
This book is one of the important, significant and critical documents on the anti-Christian violence that erupted within the state of Orissa in 2008. The author has worked as a journalist for 21 years in Indian and international media. He is also a specialist in human rights, social and religious affairs. In the course of 14 chapters he argues the violence in Orissa indicates that Indian secularism has been weakened as an institution.