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“Christianity … is translatable, and therefore missionary and expansionist.”

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life – Faith and Conflict: The Global Rise of Christianity – March 2, 2005

Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, Church of England; Member, House of Lords

I … want to begin with a historical perspective, … I want to begin with the early church. Very often one of the problems with Western academia is that they trace the movement of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome via Athens, and the reason of course that they do this is that they are mainly equipped in the classical languages of Latin and Greek, and so that is what they can do.

But in fact, if you look at the spread of early Christianity, it spread from the earliest times in every direction. You only have to look at the stories about what happened to the apostles, for instance, to get a sense of that. … just as the faith was spreading in the Roman Empire, it was also spreading equally strongly in the other great superpower of that time … the Persian Empire. And the martyrologies that we have from that period in the Persian Empire of Christians who were martyred there are nearly as long as the martyrologies that we have from Rome. (altro…)

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