Protestantism in Turkey

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Protestants (including Anglicans) are a very small religious minority in Turkey, comprising less than one tenth of one percent of the population.[1]

Violence against Christians[edit]

The constitution of Turkey recognizes freedom of religion for individuals. The Armenian Protestants own three Istanbul Churches from the 19th century.[2]

On November 4, 2006, a Protestant place of worship was attacked with six Molotov cocktails.[3] In 2007 three Protestants were killed at a Bible publishing house in Malatya, allegedly by the JİTEM.[4]

Turkish media have criticized Christian missionary activity intensely.[5] There is an Alliance of Protestant Churches in Turkey.[6]

Turkish converts[edit]

The newspaper Milliyet reported that 35,000 Muslim Turks had converted to Christianity in 2008.[7] There is a small ethnic Turkish Protestant Christian community in Turkey include about 4,000-5,000[8] adherents, most of them from a Muslim Turkish background.[9][10][11][12] A 2015 study estimates some 4,500 Christians from a Muslim background in the country.[13]

Protestant denominations[edit]

See also[edit]


Source of the list: The World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, p. 756

  1. ^ "German Site on Christians in Turkey". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "German Site on Christians in Turkey". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Christian Persecution Info".
  4. ^ Gengiz, Orhan Kemal. "Malatya Protestant massacre: 5 years later and 7 years before". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Christianity Today".
  6. ^ "World Evangelical Alliance". Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ 35,000 Turks convert into Christianity each year in Turkey!
  8. ^ Interview with Zekai Tanyar, the Chair of the Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey
  9. ^ Turkish Protestants still face "long path" to religious freedom
  10. ^ Christians in eastern Turkey worried despite church opening
  11. ^ Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks
  12. ^ TURKEY: Protestant church closed down
  13. ^ Johnstone, Patrick; Miller, Duane Alexander (2015). "Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census". IJRR. 11 (10): 1–19. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  14. ^ official web site of Turk Protestant Church