Christian Persecution Doubled In 2013

REPORTED cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said.

“This is a very minimal count based on what has been reported in the media and we can confirm,” said Frans Veerman, head of research for Open Doors. Estimates by other Christian groups put the annual figure as high as 8,000.

The Open Doors report placed North Korea at the top of its list of 50 most dangerous countries for Christians, a position it has held since the annual survey began 12 years ago. Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were the next four in line.

The United States-based group reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list.

“Islamist extremism is the worst persecutor of the worldwide church,” it said.

Christianity is the largest and most widely spread faith in the world, with 2.2 billion followers, or 32 percent of the world population, according to a survey by the U.S.-based Pew Forum on religion and Public Life.

It faces restrictions and hostility in 111 countries, ahead of the 90 countries limiting or harassing the second-largest faith, Islam, another Pew survey has reported.


5 thoughts on “Christian Persecution Doubled In 2013

  1. Jesus foretold this>:- ‘Ask and ye shall get it’.

    That’s to say:- how would anybody know they WERE christians if they didn’t persistently stir the possum?

    Would anybody suspect that I’M a closet christian?
    If not why not?


  2. Indeed?:- “Christianity is the largest and most widely spread faith in the world, with 2.2 billion”

    I’d suspect those with a great faith in the efficacy of a sandwich and mug of clean water would outnumber and spread much further than all the other “faithful” combined.


    • Dabbles
      What interests me here is this. That figure of 2.2 billion is tossed around to number those of the christian faith. And it is proudly quoted ad nauseam by the faithful. But as you soon learn by talking to people of the various churches, and even by studying the assertions of many on this blog, that merely professing Christianity is not really enough. For the part of the faith that is Fundamentalist and Evangelical, you absolutely HAVE TO be ‘twice born’ in order to be counted among the ‘Saved’. You have to have believe all the proper things about Jesus Christ and the Trinity etc, and you have to have confessed your sins and been forgiven in the time-honoured fashion etc etc.

      So how about it you evangelicals on the blog, what proportion or number of those 2.2 billion professing Christianity round the world, are truly and legitimately ‘saved’ Christians??? In general, the Catholic grouping of the Christian population doesnt encourage evangelical ‘twice born’ salvation approaches. Neither I believe would the Eastern Orthodox Church. Neither one would have to assume does the Anglican/Episcopal denomination on the whole. Neithe does the ‘Ivory tower’ dwelling academic/Higher Critical and Liberal Christian community. then also one would have to dismiss all the various ‘heretical?’ and marginal churches that claim to be Christian, like Christadelphians, JWs, Mormons, Adventists, etc etc.

      How many do you really believe you would have left? Please do tell, davinci, Alexie, Bryan and all ye who are looking on here. Just how many are you truly left with after all these are disqualified???? I seem to recall that it is only few who locate and walk along the straight and narrow parth. Really 2.2 billion?

      What say you, Dabbles?



      • Don’t have much time just currently ~ even to respond to ‘proper’ mail: will get around to it though.

        However, in response to your perambulations (?) It strikes me that we’re fortunate that some clever ‘survey institutions’ of the kind Bryan likes hasn’t, apparently, latched on to the point you make about being born again and ‘finding’ that there are, in fact 2.2 million x twice christians around the joint.

        That there are 4.4 million christians sounds far more impressive than a mere 2.2 million ~ and the claim could easily be justified by the use of the sort of logic and arithmetic such surveyors ALWAYS use. 😉

        As to the question of which ~ from among the forty or fifty THOUSAND contending brandnames ~ should legitimately be classed as christian, I can only suggest that the benchmark should be that Jesus WASN’T one.

        ….so take your pick! 🙂


  3. Many children are raised without religion touching their lives, yet are told they are Christians. One I knew, Dora, was shocked as an adult when a new friend declared her Christian status. Dora exclaimed ‘Well of course she is.What else would she be?’

    Can the many nominal Christians really be called Christians?

    Also, not allwho cry ‘Lord, Lord!’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven. Humans have for ages used religion as an excuse for atrocious behaviour. I knew a church minister who served some time in the Middle East in another capacity, who was loathe to call himself Christian, not wanting to be associated with the prevailing attitudes of Christians there.


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