Christian Martyrdom: A Brief History with Reflections for Today

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Christian Martyrdom: A Brief History with Reflections for Today

Edward L. Smither

Cascade Books, 2020, 98 Pages


In an age when we crave comfort, affluence, and freedom from pain, the larger story of global Christianity – from Christ, into the early church, and right up to the present – has been shaped by suffering and even martyrdom. Edward Smither (professor, Columbia International University) explores opposition and martyrdom both biblically and historically. He makes three claims: in martyrdom we verbally bear witness to Christ, we raise a prophetic voice, and we worship. Smither argues that we should welcome suffering and martyrdom as a normal part of the Christian life.

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