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Persecution of Christians
(5,506 words)

1. Term

The word “persecution” evokes a number of ideas, including opposition to the Christian shaping of society, hindrances to the exercise of the Christian religion, and the suppression and extirpation of people of Christian conviction. Similarly, there have been many events in Christian history in which Christians have suffered pressure of differing intensity and for different purposes. We cannot give a single definition of what may be…

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Kantzenbach, Friedrich Wilhelm, von Lilienfeld, Fairy, Prien, Hans-Jürgen and Marshall, Paul, “Persecution of Christians”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.71>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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