According to Philip Jenkins there is a tragedy unfolding throughout the Middle East as an ancient Church is coming to a bloody end. Iraq's Christians numbered 5-6% in 1970. The number has fallen below 1% in the face of persecution.
Across the Middle East ancient churches — Chaldean, Assyrian, Orthodox — are survivals from the earliest history of the church. For centuries, the land long known as Mesopotamia had a solid claim to rank as the center of the church and an astonishing record of missions and evangelism. What we see today in Iraq is not just the death of a church, but also the end of one of the most awe-inspiring phases of Christian history.
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Jenkins' latest book is outstanding.