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A recent study from scholars a part of a Notre Dame and Georgetown partnership released its results outlining how Christians respond to persecution. Many persecuted Christians around the world seek strategies of survival, although denomination and location can alter what survival looks like. The study examined 25 countries and the West. It is notable that the study found that Christians’ responses to persecution “were almost always nonviolent and rarely involved acts of terrorism,” a testament to the faithfulness of Christians to Jesus’ peaceful life.

2017-04-24 Middle East (Catholic Transcript) – A new study categorizes what kinds of responses emerge when Christians around the world are persecuted, noting that, most often, Christians choose a strategy of survival.

However, the findings also show Christians might choose a strategy of association — seeking to secure their religious freedom by developing ties with other Christian communities, non-Christian religions, and secular figures — and, on occasion, they use strategies of confrontation.

The report, “In Response to Persecution, Findings of the Under Caesar’s Sword Project on Global Christian Communities,” also offers recommendations for businesses, nongovernmental organizations, governments and scholars to help keep situations from getting worse.

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