Al Kresta interviews me on Christianity in the Holy Land

It’s always a pleasure to be interviewed by Al Kresta from Ave Maria Radio.

In this interview, released on January 12th, we shift over to the central topic of Arab Evangelicals in Israel  and, indeed, Christianity in general in the whole region.

The opening question: does Christianity in the Middle East have a future? Listen and enjoy.

Also, visit Al’s website and consider subscribing to his podcast.

“Is the West finally winning the war against ISIS?”

I was recently interviewed by David Virtue, of VirtueOnline fame, on the state of Anglicanism in the Middle East, the Islamic State, the future or Christianity in MENA, and, of course, my new book, Living among the Breakage.

Here is my answer to his question on the Islamic State:

VOL: Is the West finally winning the war against ISIS?

MILLER: It depends on what you mean by winning. If you mean that they are losing land, then I would say that Iraq, supported by the West and Iran, is winning the war. But over the long term, I’m not very optimistic. The loss of territory for the Islamic State will result in enormous flows of migrants into Europe. Inevitably, a substantial number of those refugees will want to Islamize the countries that receive them as refugees. And among those, a certain number will utilize strategic violence in order to try and effectuate what they understand to be a divine mission. So if by winning you mean eradicating the religious convictions that animate movements like the IS, my answer is resounding no.

Read it all HERE.

Pictures from Hasan Kayf

This ancient village was a series of caves until recently. It will soon be flooded to make a reservoir for Turkey and cease to exist. Here are a couple of pictures.

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The Tigris, which will be flooded.
The Tigris, which will be flooded.
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Cave dwellings

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The town today, which will be flooded.
The town today, which will be flooded.
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Cave dwellings
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Cave dwellings

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Surp Hovsep (St Joseph) Armenian Catholic Church in Mardin, Turkey

A chapel altar
A chapel altar
The main altar
The main altar
Such a variety of styles, many of them popular
Such a variety of styles, many of them popular
High capacity
High capacity
Excess religious art
Excess religious art
The main altar from the rear
The main altar from the rear
A side altar from the rear of the church
A side altar from the rear of the church

All photos copyright Duane Miller 2015.

Deir ul Zafaran (دير الزعفران) in Mesopotamia (Turkey)

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With Ben Poland and Fr. Gabriel
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An ancient depiction of St John
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A very old printing press
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Note the hills planted with trees
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Note the Syriac inscription above the entrance.
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The monastery is surrounded by many trees

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Pictures are from June of 2015 (copyright Duane Miller)