Respected United Kingdom historian Tom Holland told a briefing in London this week that the world is watching the effective extinction of Christianity from its birthplace, the Religion Today website reports today (October 1, 2013).
In an apocalyptic appraisal of the worsening political situation in the region, a panel of experts provided a mass of evidence and statistics for the end of the region's nation states under the onslaught of militant Islam.
Holland said, "It is the climax of a process grinding its way through the twentieth century -- the effective extinction of Christianity from its birthplace."
Holland also compared the predicament of Christianity in the Middle East today to the Thirty Years' War: "In terms of the sheer scale of the hatreds and sectarian rivalries, we are witnessing something on the scale of horror of the European Thirty Years' War."
(The Thirty Years' War ((1618-1648)) was mainly a religious struggle between the ((Catholic)) Holy Roman Empire and the Protestant principalities in Europe that relied on the chief anti-Catholic powers of Sweden and the Netherlands.)