Their Blood Cries Out
Their Blood Cries Out: The Untold story of Christians Who Are Dying for Their Faith (Dallas: Word, 1997), which won the Evangelical Publishers’ Association Gold Medallion and was selected by Christianity Today and other publications as one of the best books of the year.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch. In speeches introducing the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act in the United States Senate, Senator Nickles described the book as “a powerful and persuasive analysis” and an “exhaustive survey,” “which simply cannot be ignored” and Senator Lieberman described it as “the manifesto of the religious freedom movement.”

Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians
My most recent book (co-authored with Nina Shea and Lela Gilbert) is Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians, which was published by Thomas Nelson in 2013, and is currently the most comprehensive account of the contemporary persecution of Christians. There is a Portuguese translation Perseguidos: O Ataque Global aos Christãos (São Paulo: mundocristão, 2014) See also this video based on the book There is also a Polish translation Prześladowani. Przemoc wobec chrześcijan (Poznan: Saint. Wojciech, 2014),

Writing in the Wall Street Journal in 2013, Senator Marco Rubio named it his “favorite book of 2013” And added that he “was unprepared for the effect it would have….”

(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2013). A survey of the patterns of contemporary persecution of Christians, covering 40 countries.

(Portugese and Polish translations published 2014)

Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide

Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide (co-authored with Nina Shea) was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. It is a survey of the Muslim-majority world and the West, showing the political effects of accusations of apostasy and insulting religion. The Forward was written by the late Abdurrahman Wahid, who was the head of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization, with over 50 million followers, and who was also the President of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.  His Forward, “God Needs No Defense” has been widely reprinted and has even become an Indonesian pop song. The book also includes two essays by major Muslim scholars, the late Nasr Hamid Abu-Zayd, driven out of Egypt for his writings, and Abdullah Saeed. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, wrote “In this eloquent and definitive work Marshall and Shea make a powerful case that for us to accommodate this, anywhere, would be disastrous–weakening truly moderate Muslims and those of us who support them, and seriously crippling our own freedoms of speech and religion.” In perhaps the nicest review I have received, Books and Culture stated “”Exhaustive, courageous research is on brilliant display in Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide. Marshall and Shea compile a thorough dossier of existing Islamic blasphemy restrictions, show how they operate to bludgeon dissent, and chronicle a concerted campaign to export them around the globe. That alone would be a worthy achievement. But in addition, Silenced provides a ringing defense of free expression, upbraiding those who would acquiesce–out of craven fear, or flaccid political correctness–to a climate of self-censorship.”

There was an excellent, searching and extensive (circa 6500 word) review of the book in The New Republic by Paul Berman. “The Thought Police,” The New Republic, March 14, 2012. The review also gives an excellent summary. Berman writes “But everyone ought to be able to agree that, in composing their book, Marshall and Shea have accomplished something large and admirable. They have painted a portrait to accompany the series of Arab Human Development Reports from the U.N., except they have done so on a global scale, which no one has attempted before, at least not in a convincing or thorough way.” New York Times columnist David Brooks listed Berman’s article as one of the best articles of the year, but unfortunately without mentioning that it was a review of Silenced. “The 2012 Sidney Awards,” New York Times, December 27, 2012

The book has proved too controversial to be published in several countries and so the Arabic translation is only available on the web. Arabic There is an Indonesian translation but it is not as yet available.

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Co-authored with Nina Shea, survey of the majority Muslim world and the West, showing the political effects of these restrictions. The Forward was written by Abdurrahman Wahid, formerly the head of the world’s largest Muslim organization and also President of Indonesia.

Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2009) (co-editors Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea). Case studies of how lack of knowledge of religion hampers good media, with suggestions for improving the situation. Selected 2009 book of the year by Religious Communication Association and awarded 2009 Wilbur Prize by the Religious Communicators’ Council.

(co-edited with Lela Gilbert and Roberta Green Ahmanson, with one chapter) Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch Case studies of how lack of knowledge of religion hampers good media coverage of ‘secular’ events, with suggestions for improving the situation. Selected 2009 book of the year by Religious Communication Association, the religion section of the association of professors of communication, and awarded the 2009 Wilbur Prize by the Religious Communicators’ Council. “It’s not often that I let out a whoop of joy when I read a book, but I did while reading Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion. I’ve been preaching this gospel for 15 years and it’s great to see it so brilliantly argued and supported in these pages. The editors have assembled a top-flight team of scholars and writers to build the case brick by solid brick. It is now an unassailable truth: without an understanding of religion, a journalist can miss the greatest stories of our time. This is the book I — and my students — have been waiting for.” –Professor Ari Goldman, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and author of The Search for God at Harvard

(edited, with three chapters) Religious Freedom in the World (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). A one-hundred country survey of the treatment of all religions, with essays on patterns, regions and trends.

(edited, with two chapters) Radical Islam’s Rules: the Worldwide Spread of Extreme Sharia Law (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Survey of the growth of radical forms of Islamic law in five countries, and of two countries (Malaysia and Indonesia) that have largely resisted this trend.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

The Rise of Hindu Extremism (Washington; Freedom House, 2003). On the rise of radical forms of Hinduism in India, and the persecution of Muslim and Christian minorities.

God and the Constitution: Christianity and American Politics
(Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). Outlines how Christians should think about contemporary politics. “Marshall is not merely rehashing Christian positions on issues, nor is he advocating theocracy. Readers will find food for thought no matter where they stand on the issues, as he insightfully addresses such subjects as church and state, religious freedom, democracy, and rights. Recommended.” (Library Journal) “Paul Marshall writes with intelligence, compassion, and practicality. He sets a high standard.” (Michael Novak, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, 1994 Templeton laureate)

Islam at the Crossroads: Understanding Its Beliefs, History and Conflicts
(co-authored with Lela Gilbert and Roberta Green Ahmanson) (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002). A short (less than100 pages) introduction to Islam.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

The Talibanization of Nigeria (Washington; Freedom House, 2002). On the growth of radical Islam in Nigeria

Massacre at the Millennium (Washington: Freedom House, 2001) (Report on the massacre of Christians in the Egyptian village of El-Khosheh).

Editor and Contributor, Religious Freedom in the World: A Survey of Freedom and Persecution (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2000). A 70-country survey of religious freedom. There is a 2008 update and expansion.

Egypt’s Endangered Christians (Washington: Freedom House, 1999). On the situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt

Heaven is Not My Home: Learning to Live in God’s Creation
(with Lela Gilbert) (Nashville: Word, 1999). Since creation will be renewed, our Christian calling is fully to live in it.  My most fun book. (Seoul: Korean Edition, Intervarsity press, 2000). Korean Edition (Seoul: Tyrannus Hall, 2000). “His book is provocative (look at its title), evocative (perky wit and breathtaking beauty rub shoulders), and instructive on sin, grace, work, play, rest, style, idolatry, technology, and much else; I guarantee that many weary souls will find it wonderfully restorative.”—J.I. Packer.
(with Lela Gilbert) Their Blood Cries Out (Dallas: Word, 1997). Best-selling survey, mentioned above, of the persecution of Christians worldwide. .,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Just Politics (In Korean) (Seoul: Intervarsity Press, 1997). On Christian approaches to politics.

A Kind of Life Imposed on Man: Vocation and Social Order from Tyndale to Locke
(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996). On how the Protestant doctrine of vocation influenced sixteenth and seventeenth century English political thought, including John Locke. (Publication funded by the Social Science Federation of Canada). Editor with Jonathan Chaplin, Political Theory and Christian Vision (Lanham, Md: University Press of America, 1994). Contributions: “Preface,” 1‑7; “Liberalism, Pluralism and Christianity: A Reconceptualization,” 143‑162. (Publication was funded in part by the Stichting Zonneweelde).

Revised and updated H.H. Meeter’s The Basic Ideas of Calvinism (Grand Rapids:  Baker, l990), added a “Preface,” 11‑12 and three new chapters: “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” 173‑178; “Liberation Theology,” 187‑194; “Hope for the Future,” 195‑200. (Written with grant from the H.H. Meeter Centre for Calvin Studies at Calvin College). “Weapons of Mass Destruction” reprinted as “The Christian and Total War,” in James Bratt, ed., Viewpoints: Exploring the Reformed Vision/Selected Readings (Grand Rapid: C.S.I. Publications, 1992), 360‑366.

Editor with Sander Griffioen and Richard Mouw and Contributor, Stained Glass: Worldviews and Social Science (Lanham, Md: University Press of America:  1989). Contributions: “Introduction,” 8‑13; “Epilogue:  On Faith and Social Science,” 184‑187.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Editor with R. VanderVennen, Social Science in Christian Perspective (Lanham, Md:  University Press of America, 1988).  Contributions:” Preface,” 9‑11;”Reflections on Quantitative Methods,” 95‑112.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Thine is the Kingdom: A Biblical Perspective on Government and Politics Today (London: Marshall, Morgan, and Scott, 1984). American Edition (Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 1986.),204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch Korean translation (Seoul:  InterVarsity Press, 1989). Chinese translation (Hong Kong: CCL Publications, 1990). Sections reprinted in James D. Bratt, ed., Viewpoints: Exploring the Reformed Vision (Grand Rapids: C.R.C. Publications, 1992), 114‑118,128‑132, : Jerry S. Herbert, ed., Evangelicals at Odds (Washington: Christian College Coalition, 1991), 61‑111, and Jerry S. Herbert, ed., Evangelical Politics: Three Approaches (Washington: Christian College Coalition, 1993),

Co‑author, Labor of Love:  Essays on Work (Toronto:  Wedge, 1979).  Contribution “Vocation, Work and Jobs,” 1‑19.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch Reprinted in J.A. Bernbaum and S.M. Steer, eds., Why Work?  (Grand Rapids, Baker, 1986) 15‑25.  Korean translation (Seoul: Intervarsity Press, 1989), 29‑48.


Human Rights Theories in Christian Perspective (Toronto:  Institute for Christian Studies, 1983).  Korean translation (Seoul:  Intervarsity Press, 1989), in Selected Essays, 15‑27. Reprinted in Orientation, Dec. 1995, 461‑495.

Modern Technology: Gift or Idol? (Taejon, Korea: Christian University Press, 1989).

Selected Essays (In Korean) (Seoul: Intervarsity Press, 1989).

Nationalism and Religion (Wheaton: World Evangelical Fellowship, 1996).

Religious Toleration (Wheaton: World Evangelical Fellowship, 1996).

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