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The State of Christianity in Pakistan

Most Pakistani Christians trace their roots to 19th-century British and American missionaries, but Christian communities in the Indian subcontinent sprang from many sources, including one branch that claims origination in a visit by the Apostle Thomas. Though founded as a state permitting full freedom of religion, since 1948 Pakistan has argued about whether it is secular or Islamic and has slowly become less tolerant of religious plurality. Although Islam was made the state religion in 1972 and Muslim extremists have increasingly made life difficult for religious minorities, a 2002 report indicated that the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis favor equal rights for minorities and women. For more on the history of Christians in Pakistan and an evaluation of current conditions, read the essay prepared by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website, an initiative committed to Christian worship renewal in the Trinitarian tradition. 

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