n International Journal for Religious Freedom - To share in the body - a theology of martyrdom for today's church, Craig Hovey : book reviews

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2070-5484



Craig Hovey's book is a profound yet accessible meditation on the gospel of Mark refracted through the lens of martyrdom. Hovey is convinced that an awareness of the gospel enactment that martyrdom represents, is necessary for the church to live faithfully in the modern world. 'The true church', Hovey contends, 'is still a martyr-church despite its relative shortage of martyrs' (p. 40). Martyrdom is not essentially different from Christian discipleship: 'The virtues necessary to be a martyr are no different from the virtues necessary to be a faithful Christian' (p. 60).

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