Tag: Martyrdom

Martyrdom without Miracles<span class='secondary-title'>The 9th-Century Church Controversy in Córdoba and Modern Orthodoxy</span>
Church History, Public Life

Martyrdom without MiraclesThe 9th-Century Church Controversy in Córdoba and Modern Orthodoxy

Between the years 850 and 859, something unexpected happened in Córdoba. Some forty-eight Christians were martyred. Contemporary church historians usually refer to them as “voluntary martyrs” because almost all of them, by their own will, presented themselves in front of the Muslim authorities and confessed themselves to be Christians, denouncing Islam and Mohammed as a…

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Patriarch Kirill’s Crusade
Religion and Conflict

Patriarch Kirill’s Crusade

by George Demacopoulos | български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски In 1095, Pope Urban II told a large gathering of knights in Southern France that it was their responsibility to avenge the Islamic conquest of the Holy Land (he did not mention that the conquest had occurred nearly 500 years…

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An Ecumenism of Blood: Boko Haram and the Christian Martyrs of Nigeria
Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Religion and Conflict

An Ecumenism of Blood: Boko Haram and the Christian Martyrs of Nigeria

by Ezekiel Olagoke Over the last thirty years, Nigeria has been plagued with numerous terrorist upheavals that have sometimes bordered on the apocalypse, of which Boko Haram is one. While key attention has been paid to the killing of Christians in the Middle east and other parts of the world, very few works have examined…

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Modernity, Murder, and Coptic Identity
Religion and Conflict

Modernity, Murder, and Coptic Identity

by Candace Lukasik On July 29, 2018, one of the most beloved bishops and scholars in the Coptic world, Bishop Epiphanius, was found murdered outside of his cell at the St. Macarius monastery. He was on his way to Midnight Prayer when he was assaulted and struck in the back of the head. While the…

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The Promise Behind “The Promise”
Church History, Culture and Arts

The Promise Behind “The Promise”

by Christopher H. Zakian In 2015 the victims of the Armenian Genocide—long referred to as martyrs—were formally acknowledged as Christian saints, as the world marked the passage of a century since their suffering. Authorities of the Armenian Church proceeded with the canonization ceremony despite some indeterminacy about the precise number of saints being identified, on…

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