Abstract: This comment explores how legal authorities understand religious identity and sets these understandings in a wider context. The comment questions whether the interpretation of the claimant’s conversion to Christianity by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Swiss Asylum authorities might not be too restricted to a particular Western European form of Christianity. The European Convention on Human Rights gives to the contracting States a certain margin of appreciation in assessing the risk of ill treatment undergone by a convert. In this case in its application of the Convention the ECtHR accepted the ruling of the Swiss authorities.
Monnot, Christophe. 2016. “From the Pit to the Pulpit: Testimonies of Suffering in a Charismatic Community.” In Religious Diversity Today: Experiencing Religion in the Contemporary World. Edited by Liam D. Murphy, 23-42. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
Excerpt: “Charismatic Christianity is defined by supernatural gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophesying, healing, and other miracles. Among Swiss Protestants, non-Pentecostal evangelical churches have adopted these charismatic gifts. Believing in miracles, charismatic groups and congregations pray for all ill persons. They support the idea that the righteous are blessed with well-being and health. With this understanding, how can Christian charismatic believers speak about their suffering to religious peers? This study tries to answer that question through an analysis of four testimonies given during a charismatic worship service.”