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Persecution of Christians

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Author(s): Kantzenbach, Friedrich Wilhelm | von Lilienfeld, Fairy | Prien, Hans-Jürgen | Marshall, Paul
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 recalled and recounted as persecution for the faith, for it covers the whole period from the p…