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Reply To: What were some of your primary takeaways after reading Christianity in the First 1000 Years? Did anything surprise you?

Joseph Danaher

Great takeaways Alex. I too was surprised about how large the numbers of Christians in the areas of modern-day Iraq and Iran had become. Quite honestly, I don’t think I really realized before Philos just how strongly Christian the Middle East was before the rise of Islam. My grandpa’s parents were Melkite Catholics from Syria, but here in the modern-day, I always knew that to be a very small minority of people, especially farther East where the Ayatollah persecute freedom of religion.