Minding the gaps: Overcoming misconceptions of persecution


  • Charles L. Tieszen


Persecution, eschatology, Early Church, Majority World, suffering, martyrdom


In this article, five misconceptions are surveyed that often attend to theological reflections on religious persecution. It will be argued that these misconceptions represent gaps in our perspectives of a proper theology of persecution and must be overcome if reflection is to adequately account for the way in which persecution occurs.

Author Biography

Charles L. Tieszen

Charles L. Tieszen graduated from Simpson University in Redding, California. He is also a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and a former research assistant at the seminary’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity. He is presently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Birmingham, UK. The article is an adaptation for this journal of the first part of Charles Tieszen’s book ‘Re-examining religious persecution: Constructing a framework for understanding persecution’ (Kempton Park: AcadSA Publishing, 2008).