Under Caesar's Sword: How Christian Communities Respond to Repression

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How do Christian communities respond when their governments and societies repress them? Through what strategies do they seek to protect their religious freedom? What fruit have various strategies borne? What lessons do these efforts contain for persecuted Christian communities around the world? And how can these communities help to build regimes based on religious freedom and healthy relationships between religious and state? These are the questions that animate “Under Caesar’s Sword: How Christian Communities Respond to Repression,” a Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) project that is investigating how diverse Christian communities respond to religious persecution. A team of thirteen scholars, representing the world’s leading scholars of Christianity in their respective regions, is answering these questions by studying some 100 beleaguered Christian communities in around 30 countries. Dowd is conducting research on persecuted Christian communities in Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia.