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10 Facts About Jordan Christians From History to Everyday Life

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 02:09 PM

Jordan is small nation on the east bank of the River Jordan. It has a long history of tolerance to all religions and Christians live shoulder to shoulder with fellow Muslims. Jordan has many sites of interest from Biblical times and religious tourism is very popular throughout the country.

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Here are 10 facts on Jordan Christians:

1. There are over 170,000 Christians in Jordan out of a total population of over 7 million people. The number of Christians in the country has been declining for over half a century.

2. Christians are appointed regularly to key ministerial positions in government, and nine of the 150 seats in the parliament of Jordan are reserved for Christians.

3. As Jordan has a long history of tolerance towards Christians, it is seen as a safe haven for those fleeing the onslaught of ISIS in other states, according to The New York Times.

4. The most important site for Christians in Jordan is Bethany Beyond the Jordan. This is where John the Baptist baptised Jesus over 2,000 years ago.

5. Jordan has many places that are very important in the history of Christianity. Among these sacred to Christians in Jordan are the Dead Sea Plains, and the Jordan River Valley.

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6. Christians in Jordan generate one-third of all financial activity in the country, according to Time Magazine.

7. In Jordan, Christians coexist with their Muslim neighbors in a very peaceful manner. People see the Kingdom as a model for coexistence between the faiths due the tolerant laws and a culture of pluralism, according to Time Magazine.

8. Christians in Jordan can attend Uniate Churches. These are churches which brought elements of Orthodox and Oriental religion together with that of the Roman Catholic faith. The Melkite, or Greek Catholic, is a well known example of this happening.

9. Christians in Jordan live mainly in Amman, and in the Jordan Valley.

10. In Jordan, Christian denominations are mainly Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite and Protestant Evangelical.

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