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John H. Watson
Sussex Academic Press (September 30, 2002)
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Among the Copts: Beliefs. John H. Watson is a reverend who has travelled extensively, exploring Christianity throughout the world. He works as an assistant priest in a Dorset village and writes a column for Watani, a leading Christian newspaper in the Middle East.

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A presentation of the life and thought of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the turn of the millennium.

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Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2000.

Among the Copts brings the reader face to face with the Christians of Egypt by offering a comprehensive presentation of the life and thought of the Coptic Orthodox Church at the turn of the millennium. The book explores the important themes of the Copts from the earliest moments of Christian history to the present day, achieving an impressive balance between a critical re-examination of Coptic history and original research. The work contains several small biographies and numerous vignettes to illustrate the Coptic experience as it is lived. These are presented in sections on history, liturgy, art, theology, monasticism, politics, mission and martyrdom. Controversial issues are sympathetically treated by a writer who has a deep understanding and appreciation of Coptic and Islamic culture in modern Egypt.
  • Xar
Its delightful to find a Western author knows it all about the Coptic Church, its history, its tradition and also leaders.
  • Gholbirius
Introducing Coptic Life:

Being myself a Coptologist, at least by my birthright and devotion, did not give me any ultra qualification to read this insightful analysis that Dr. John Watson, an ecumenist, Minster, and theologian combined his talents to expose the Coptic noia. Fr. Watson, who enjoys being Abouna (our Abba), did not intend to only introduce you to Coptic life and culture, but also to encourage you retrieve a part of you in Oriental Orthodoxy.

Coptic History, a Reading:

The Copts find their greatest identity in their faith, represented by an ancient Church that lead Christianity and put its people's fingerprints on its development through its great early and recent martyrs, its saints and their monastic vocation, its didaskalia from Clement& Origen to Athanasius& Cyril, its Catechetical scholia. John Watson tries to assure the Copts first and other Christians second that the Copts may be in a coma, that they do not realize, but are not yet dead. He takes the pains to describe life in the 'great and solitary submerged Egyptian temple' presented by the late outstanding Coptoligst and historian Dr. Aziz Atiya (Distinguished Professor of History, University of Utah.) In his own words; "The Orthodox church in Egypt led its lonely life unnoticed on the fringe of Christian civilization, buried in the sands of time and oblivion. The Coptic Orthodox Church, like the same immense temple, has proved itself to be indestructible though battered and much buffeted by the winds of change."

Among the Mystics:

In the state of angels, is the mystical devotion of abba Watson, to those which shall be accounted worthy, 'for they are equal unto angels, and are the children of God,' as per our Lord's description. Here you meet with very different types of Christians, fools for Christ, and more.

'When Coptic Monasticism is discussed it is examined not only as the most important Egyptian contribution to the Christian world, which it certainly is, but as a living Christian witness, embodied in the life of one of the greatest though least known mystics of the twentieth century.' (At the sources of Christian civilization, Introduction)

Genuine Ancient Christianity:

Some outstanding western scholars are actively busy in a widespread rediscovery of the faith and doctrine of the ancient churches from Barth's Neo-Orthodoxy, C. S. Lewis Mere Christianity and more recently Oden's Paleo-Orthodoxy, but it is through John Watsons hands on experience, with his analytical explanation of this phenomenon of 'Coptic Orthodoxy' that the reader can experience a real feeling of being in contact with ancient Christianity.
  • Nnulam
This is a well written, informative, and easy to read book for readers, who may or may not be familiar with the Christians of Egypt, the Copts. Egypt is home for the largest indigenous Christian population in the Middle East that by some estimates is about 15-20% of the total population. The book provides a good and critical review for the history and status of the Copts. Saint Mark the Evangelist baptized the Egyptian Church with his martyrdom in the first century AD. Historical tradition recognizes Saint Mark as the first Patriarch of the Coptic Church.
The book starts by the definition of who is a Copt, however it excludes the Roman Catholic and Protestant Copts from its defintion, and concentrates primarily on the followers of the Coptic Orthodox Church. This is unfortunate, as regardless of the denomination, the Copts collectively face similar challenges. The author may have elected to focus on the Orthodox Copts, as the most ancient Christian group or the one with largest population. However, the author provides a brief review for some of the Protestant and Catholic influences on the modern Coptic Orthodox Church, such as the introduction of Sunday schools and the modest interactions of the Orthodox Coptic Church with the Catholic and Anglican Churches, and other international Christian Churches and communities.
The book provides brief historical reviews, where the author felt the need to introduce historical background, however it primarily focuses on reviewing of the contemporary history of the Copts in the latter part of the 20th century. It also reviews the influence of Islam, specially the resurgence of militant Islam on the Copts. In addressing the issue of the size of the population of the Copts in Egypt, the book provides a rather short review for a major issue affecting contemporary Copts. The book indicates that given conflicting figures of the census data, and the vagaries of politics and hazards of census taking, it is better not to know exactly how many Copts there are. The population of the Christian population affects its social standing, political prospects and influence. Militant Islamic groups have tended to discount the number of the Christians in Egypt, as it suits their political agenda. Sympathizers with militant Islam within the ranks of the government of Egypt have kept the data of the census of the Copt as if it were a state secret. The Copts have long contended that their number was deliberately discounted.
The book provides a good review for historical events occurring during the eras of Cyril VI 1959-1971 and Shenouda III 1971- present, the Patriarchs of the Coptic Orthodox Church. It reviews the revival of the contemporary Coptic Orthodox Church, immigration of the Copts to western countries, evangelical missions in Africa, resurgence of violence by militant Islamic groups against the Copts in Sadat's time through the present, banishment of Pope Shenouda III 1981-1985, and the life of Father Mark of Scetis, a convert from Uganda whose support for Pope Shenouda may have led to his murder in the US. The book criticizes, and rightfully so, the Mercedes Princes of the Coptic Church. This phenomenon reflects upon some of the monks and or bishops who joined the Church's ranks to profit rather than serve the poor.
In its concluding chapter, Era of the Martyrs, the book provides a brief background of contemporary militant Islam and terrorism, and the resurgence of their violence against the Copts, non-Muslims in general, moderate Muslims, and intellectuals in Egypt. The book lists many of the violent episodes of violence against the Copts. It recounts the murder of Raafat Khalil at the age of 32, a Coptic priest who was shot in November 1988 by the Egyptian militant Islamic groups at the doorsteps of church, leaving a young widow and a one-year old baby. The book also notes that the government of Egypt policy and actions seem to have failed its Coptic citizens.
The book is a good and critical review for the cotemporary history and status of the Copts in the late 20th century. It reviews how an ancient Christian community is facing a rising tide of intolerance and violence by Islamic militancy and terrorism, and its attempts to cope with the daily pressures of discrimination and persecution.