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Umm, just exactly who was it that started this martyrdom

thing, anyway?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1483886,00.html

"Even more closely related to Iraq's suicide bombers is the fascinating description of early Christian martyrdom in Farhad Khosrokhavar's new book, Suicide Bombers. The suicidal recklessness of a large number of early Christians, aimed precisely at bringing about their martyrdom, bewildered and horrified contemporary commentators. But martyrdom was an astonishingly effective propaganda tool designed to inspire awe - and converts. The Greek origin of the word martyr is "witness". Interestingly, it prompted exactly the same sorts of criticism among pagan Romans as today's Islamist militants do in the west: the Christian martyrs were accused of dementia and irrationality. Such was the flood of Christians in pursuit of martyrdom by the third century that the theologians had to step in to declare this thirst for a holy death to be blasphemous."

Bit of an eyeopener, isn't it. I hadn't ever thought of it that way.

Rob

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The difference is that

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Christians did it 1200 years ago, this is the 21st century

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(NT) (NT)Big difference - They didn't take others with them

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I see a Christian with explosives

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strapped on his back, running into a herd of hungry Lions and boom. Happy Is that the way the author thought it was?

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(NT) (NT) Agreed, Diana. It was a powerful and non agressive act.

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Interesting subject

And you said the theologians stepped in to correct this notion among early "christians". So I have to wonder when the same corrective action will be taken by the Islamic leadership....or will it at all?

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(NT) (NT) Gibbon tells the same story.

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(NT) (NT) True, DR.

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