n International Journal for Religious Freedom - Persecution as a battle for defining identity - reflections from Turkey
|Article Title||Persecution as a battle for defining identity - reflections from Turkey|
|© Publisher:||International Institute for Religious Freedom|
|Journal||International Journal for Religious Freedom|
|Affiliations||1 Martin Bucer Seminary, Germany|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||87 - 100|
|Keyword(s)||1 Peter, Identity, Persecution, Prejudice and Turkey|
In Turkey, there is a remarkable degree of prejudice against Christians. Opinion formers of the nationalistic and the Islamist ideologies use and deepen the existing prejudice to define Christian identity in a way that may lead to more violent forms of persecution and to a wrong self-image of the Christians themselves. Therefore, an important element of persecution in today's Turkey is a battle for defining Christian identity. As a response to wrong definitions, Christians have to focus on the real Christian identity. The First Letter of Peter speaks into a similar situation of suffering through prejudice and ostracism. The letter focuses on the assurance of real Christian identity and on a warning of Christians to provoke wrong definitions by inconvenient behavior.
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