8 Recommended Books to Understand Christian Persecution

8 Recommended Books to Understand Christian Persecution

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Like many Orthodox Christians, you may be wondering about how to understand Christian Persecution and how to get involved.  “The public is oblivious to what is going on in the birthplace of Christianity. It is horrifying; Martyrs are being made by the hundreds every day.  The Christians Right and Freedom Ministry of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church has compiled a list of 8 recommended books that one must read:

1.  ‘They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It’, by Brigitte Gabriel 

2.  ‘Icon and Minaret – Sources of Byzantine and Islamic Civilization’.  Edited by Charles M. Brand

3.  ‘The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Greek War of Independence‘ by Steven Runciman

4.  ‘Islam Encounters Christ’ by Nahed Mahmoud Metwalli

Islam Encounters Christ

5.  ‘The Sword of the Prophet: Islam; History, Theology, Impact on the World’ by Serge Trifkovic

6.  ‘The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude: Seventh-Twentieth Century’ by Bat Ye’or

7.  ‘The Greek War of Independence: The Struggle for Freedom and from Ottoman Oppression’ by David Brewer

8.  ‘In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire’ by Tom Holland

5 Steps:  How You Can Help in Defense of Persecuted Christians

The co-chairs of the Christian Rights and Freedom Ministry (Dr. Harry Dimopoulos, Archon Harry Demas and Richard Pappas) and Father Philemon Patitsas of St. Katherine Greek orthodox Church in Naples, FL invite your questions and involvement.  The following 7 steps can assist you in ‘Uplifting Christ and Witnessing for Our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism.

1.  Preserve Our Christian Identity

  • Align our minds and hearts with God’s calling. See Christ in others.
  • Glorify God daily; PRAY, fast & give alms.
  • Identify empathetically with the plight of persecuted Christians of the world.

2. Organize Ourselves for Success

  • Establish Christian Rights and Freedom ministries in communities throughout America.  Do you belong to one?
  • Organize local events & initiatives to educate, advocate, defend & counteract the antagonists of our faith.

3. Educate Ourselves and Others

  • ’Know Ourselves’ – Study our history, faith & culture
  • Develop clear policy positions so the public knows where we stand.
  • Expose misinformation to the light of truth.

4. Dialogue with the Public

  • Network with people concerned about the rise of Islamofascism.
  • Boycott producers of products that may be underwriting radical extremism & terrorism, such as oil produced by certain member states.
  • Advocate for energy self-sufficiency for America, and alternative energy sourcing options.
  • Advocate withholding foreign aid and military assistance to countries that are not aligned with our national interests.

5. Stand Up for Ourselves

  • Establish “Anti-Defamation Teams’ to challenge offensive remarks.
  • Petition officials who have the ability to influence public policy.
  • Advocate for economic sanctions; exercise our freedom of assembly.

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