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Just read Martin Mosebach, The 21: A Journey into the Land of the Coptic Martyrs. A powerful book, gripping, inspiring, humbling. It concentrates mostly on the persecuted church and the families where the deaths of these martyrs were received with joy and worship rather than cries for revenge. A snippet from the closing chapters:

How might Christianity look, and continue on, once societal majorities and governments are no longer tolerant and benevolent, but hostile? And what if Christians are denied the ability to participate in public life simply because they refuse to submit or convert to another religion? Could it perhaps be that the path the Western church has taken over the centuries has just been a huge, highly eventful detour that is now leading right back to the fork in the road where the Coptic Church has patiently persevered this entire time?