The extinction of Christianity in the Middle East

The good news is that I am joining Spectator Blogs as a regular, alongside the esteemed company of Cohen, Liddle, Massie and Murray. The bad news is that today’s post is about last week’s Lapido Media/Henry Jackson Society event on the reporting of anti-Christian violence in the Middle East is especially gloomy, even for my standards. The key point is rather depressing prediction made by Tom Holland:


The night ended with historian Tom Holland declaring sadly that we are now seeing the extinction of Christianity and other minority faiths in the Middle East. As he pointed out, it’s the culmination of the long process that began in the Balkans in the late 19th century, reached its horrific European climax in 1939-1945, and continued with the Greeks of Alexandria, the Mizrahi Jews and most recently the Chaldo-Assyrian Christians of Iraq. The Copts may have the numbers to hold on, Holland said, and the Jews of Israel, but can anyone else?

It’s arguably the biggest historical event of our age – and the saddest – and yet little commented on in the west, where a quick scan down the comment pieces on any day will show you how trivial many of our problems are.


What do you think?