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Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« on: February 18, 2011, 01:13:46 PM »
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More than they used to, say observers and insiders.
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"When Muslims prayed in Tahrir Square, the Coptic Orthodox and Coptic Evangelicals protected them from anyone who would want to interfere," said Len Rodgers, executive director of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding. "And then, during a Coptic Orthodox Mass in Tahrir, the Muslims protected the Coptic Orthodox. This is, I would say, unprecedented. It's a very unusual and, I would say, optimistic possibility for the future."
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The first major Protestant presence in Egypt arrived with a group of Presbyterian missionaries in the 1850s, according to Kenneth Bailey, a lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies who lived in the Middle East for 40 years. It wasn't long, Bailey says, before Coptic leaders grew to regard them as rivals.

"The Coptic Orthodox claim the Apostle Mark was the founder of the Coptic Orthodox Church," says Rodgers. "The Coptic Evangelicals … appeared to be competition to the ancient church."

Now seems like a good time to join forces.
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Re: Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 11:02:15 PM »
We have a common persecutor, and that may unite us at times.  But when it comes to their so-called "evangelism," they spend their time doing it to Orthodox than to Muslims.  In fact, my grandmother expressed even more hatred to Protestants than Muslims, and this might be the case at times.
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Re: Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 04:46:04 AM »
We have a common persecutor, and that may unite us at times.  But when it comes to their so-called "evangelism," they spend their time doing it to Orthodox than to Muslims.  In fact, my grandmother expressed even more hatred to Protestants than Muslims, and this might be the case at times.

I've heard this from many Middle Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Christians that the Protestants are mainly trying to convert them rather than the Muslims.

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Re: Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 01:16:34 PM »
Perhaps because the repercussions from it aren't nearly as bad as converting the Muslims.  :-\

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Re: Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 01:33:04 PM »
Perhaps because the repercussions from it aren't nearly as bad as converting the Muslims.  :-\

my thoughts exactly, both for the 'converter' and the 'converted'.
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Re: Do Egypt's Evangelicals Get Along with the Coptic Orthodox?
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 03:27:40 PM »
We have a common persecutor, and that may unite us at times.  But when it comes to their so-called "evangelism," they spend their time doing it to Orthodox than to Muslims.  In fact, my grandmother expressed even more hatred to Protestants than Muslims, and this might be the case at times.

 This is what I would have guessed.  It's Sociology 101.
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