The Story: A landmark new report conveys the findings of the "world's first systematic global investigation into the responses of Christian communities to persecution."
The Background: The global persecution of Christians has been frequently documented and reported on over the past decade. But "Under Caesar's Sword: Christian Response to Persecution" reveals for the first time how Christians around the world respond to persecution. The project is a partnership of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture, the Religious Freedom Institute, and Georgetown University's Religious Freedom Research Project.
According to the report, a team of 17 leading scholars of global Christianity carried out the project through qualitative field research, including interviews with persecuted Christians, conducted between October 2014 and November 2015. The purpose of the investigation was to "achieve a better understanding of these responses in order to assist persecuted Christians and those who wish to act in solidarity with them."