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Martyrdom as Christian Vocation

United in Suffering” is a essay that can help students reflect on several views of martyrdom, past and present.  From the article: “Christians look with horror at the martyrdoms of Christians in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. But we are not horrified enough. We cannot bear to ask what these martyrs might demand of us personally. Our faith and witness often demand so little of us in comparison to theirs. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “costly discipleship” may appeal to us on the surface, but ultimately it is frightening, even repellent.  The real question is not why or whom or how we are to share the gospel. The real question is this: Are we willing to die for the gospel?”

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