Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Kattouf Speaks to Church

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Kattouf Speaks to Church

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Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of Potomac, Maryland launched a lecture series on the Middle Bast Oct. 31 with an address by former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Ted Kattouf. For a time, Kattouf noted, Christianity was the dominant religion in the Middle Bast, beginning in the days of Emperor Constantine in the third century. The Islamic invasion of the Middle Bast in the 7th century caused a decline in Christianity, until gradually Islam replaced Christianity.

According to Kattouf, the Christians living in the Holy Land today represent the descendents of the "toughest Christians," since they endured and clung to their faith despite the vicissitudes of Islam and its rulers, the ambiguity of the Crusaders toward Eastern Christians, living as a minority community, and the many divisions in the Christian Church itself over the humanity and/or the divinity of Christ.

Because of their higher levels of education, the ambassador noted, Christians were given governmental posts across the region. However, they were seen as not entirely trustworthy, and regarded at times as a fifth column, especially when the Western powers meddled in Middle East affairs. …

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