‘The Precarious Existence of Christians in Turkey Today ‘ Lecture by Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian of Oxford University

Diocese of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland – 28/11/2020

‘Challenges facing Christian communities in Turkey’ was the topic of a lecture by Dr. Hratch Tchilingirian (Oxford), hosted by Robert Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute, a national security think tank based in Virginia (USA), which was broadcast on 24 November.

Dr. Tchilingirian provided background about the Christian presence in Turkey since the early centuries of Christianity. He then presented brief profiles of each of the Christian communities in Turkey today and highlighted the perennial issues and problems they face.

“If the trends of the last few decades are any indication, the future is bleak for the Christian communities in Turkey”, said Dr. Tchilingirian, expressing concern over the dwindling numbers and weakening of community institutions.