“Agonizing for you”

Christian responses to religious persecution


  • Charles L. Tieszen


Persecution, responses, endurance, avoidance, resistance, solidarity


The purpose of the present study is to outline the biblically and theologically appropriate responses to the religious persecution of Christians. The responses of enduring, avoiding and resisting persecution as well as solidarity with the persecuted are discussed.

Author Biography

Charles L. Tieszen

Dr Charles L Tieszen (*1978) holds a PhD in Christian-Muslim Relations by of the University of Birmingham, U.K. and a BA degree from Simpson University in Redding, California. He also earned a MTh from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts and is a former research assistant at the seminary’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

This article is an adaptation of the last part of his book ‘Re-examining Religious Persecution: Constructing a Framework for Understanding Persecution’ (Kempton Park: AcadSA, 2008).