Thursday, June 03, 2021

Pg. 99: Jason Bruner's "Imagining Persecution"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Imagining Persecution: Why American Christians Believe There Is a Global War against Their Faith by Jason Bruner.

About the book, from the publisher:
Many American Christians have come to understand their relationship to other Christian denominations and traditions through the lens of religious persecution. This book provides a historical account of these developments, showing the global, theological, and political changes that made it possible for contemporary Christians to claim that there is a global war on Christians. Bruner does not advocate on behalf of particular repressed Christian communities, nor does it argue for the genuineness of certain Christians’ claims of persecution. Instead, this book is the first to examine the idea that there is a “global war on Christians” and its analytical implications. It does so by giving a concise history of categories such as "martyr" and theologies that have come together to produce a global Christian imagination premised upon the notion of shared suffering for one’s faith. This history does not deny certain instances of suffering or death; rather, it sets out to reflect upon and make meaning of the consequences for thinking about religious violence and Christianity worldwide using terms such as a “global war on Christians.”
Learn more about Imagining Persecution at the Rutgers University Press website.

The Page 99 Test: Imagining Persecution.

--Marshal Zeringue