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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Comfortable Christianity Depresses Me - Baroness Cox

The TimesOnline (UK) writes about Baroness Cox's work articulating the plight of the world's persecuted Christians. Her latest book is Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs. They write:

It is not an easy read. We hear of walking 12 miles of scorched earth littered with corpses of women and children in Sudan; of beheaded teenage girls in Indonesia; and religious persecution in the shape of rape, torture and murder elsewhere.

But we also hear the story of 15,000 people fleeing violence in East Timor, who are fed for a week from one bag of rice by Sister Maria Lourdes; and remarkable instances of courage, such as when Lady Cox sat beside the Rev Rinaldy Damanik in an Indonesian court and heard him choose the scaffold over renouncing his faith (he was later released after serving a prison sentence, during which time he handed out to injured Muslim inmates plasters that contained verses from the Bible).