Church burning is purposely damaging or destroying churches through arson. The activity is closely associated with anti-Christianity, most infamously in Scandinavia. Scandinavian nations saw repeated incidents linked to black metal in the 1990s. The most infamous offender was Varg Vikernes, who was also convicted of murdering a fellow musician.

Large-scale church burnings have been common at various times throughout history. Some examples are listed below;

  • Leaders such as King Nebuchadnezzar II burned down synagogues and any other theistic temple.
  • Radical Jews are known to have burned Christian Churches down shortly after the year 0.
  • The Roman Empire burned down the Holy Temple in 70 A.D.
  • War criminals such as Attila The Hun during the Dark Ages.
  • Churches were destroyed during the Black Death due to the fear of disease.
  • Europeans destroyed the worship locations of the Native Americans in the United States.
  • During the colonization of Africa, temples and mosques were either destroyed or remade into another structure.
  • The Ku Klux Klan burned down African-American churches, synagogues, mosques and catholic Churches.
  • In many African countries, Christian churches are burned down by Islamic extremists.

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