The war in Syria becomes increasingly religious. Out of personal experience and sympathy for the country and its people, I have written some articles, which anticipated that. Should he Assad regime drop, the minorities have to fear worst. The UN Special Adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, already warns…
For any Western Christian, even if accustomed with the history in the near east, the book “The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died” of John Philip Jenkins opens the eye for common and global Christian identity, also with the Orthodox brothers and sisters and those which were labeled heretics by the mainstream church. The book has a haunting chapter about the genocides during and after the first world war and the subsequent survival strategies of the Christians and events in the Middle East and Asia Minor until the “Arab Spring”. This part provides an especially concise and informative background what and why things happened there and its connections with Christians involved. The book gives great hope in the current Western situation, that is, for Christianity -not- for Europe. For the Middle East, it argues the two crucial lines, majority and super majority have been crossed. It looks like we will see history repeating itself again.