Exile from Babylon

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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.

Here's the full article.

Jenkins' latest book is outstanding.

“The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia” (Philip Jenkins)

HT: Dave Lawton