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Radical Martyrdom and Cosmic Conflict in Early Christianity

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Radical Martyrdom and Cosmic Conflict in Early Christianity by Paul Middleton
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Several view of martyrdom co-existed in the early Church. The orthodox position, generally accepted by scholars, was that a Christian should choose martyrdom rather than deny the Faith, but should not, on any account, court death. Although it has been recognised that some in the early Church did seek a glorified death, by giving themselves over to arrest, most scholars have dismissed such acts as differing from the accepted attitude to martyrdom in the early Church. Therefore, instances of volitional, or radical martyrdom, have been largely overlooked or sidelined in scholarly investigations into the theology and origins of Christian martyrdom. Paul Middleton argues that, far from being a deviant strand of early Christianity, radical martyrdom was a significant, and widely held idealised form of devotion in the late first to early third centuries. Christian martyrdom is placed within the heritage of Jewish War tradition, with each martyr making an important contribution to the cosmic conflict between Satan and God. Radical Martyrdom re-examines the presentation, theology, and origins of Christian martyrdom up to the beginning of the Decian persecutions in the light of new perspectives on the subject.

Author Biography

Paul Middleton studied at the University of Glasgow, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Edinburgh University, and is a Church of Scotland minister.
Release date NZ
June 29th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
T.& T.Clark Ltd
Pages
224
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9780567041647
Product ID
2059693

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