James Foley And Shifting Thoughts on Martyrdom.

Last week I wrote about James Foley and the increasing use of the word "martyr" in the wake of his execution. I'm pleased to note that others are having similar conversations, including David Gibson of Religion News Services. One of his recent RNS pieces is online at Huffington Post: "Is James Foley A Martyr? Brutal Death Sparks Faith-Based Debate."Gibson noted an important shift in the discussion about martyrdom: For example, Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who lived under constant … [Read more...]

Is James Foley A Martyr? 16 Points To Consider.

With the beheading of James Foley and the increasing reports of his Catholic faith, the word "martyr" is becoming more popular. Some would caution that we shouldn't use the word too lightly. I agree. At the same time, I also think martyrdom is more common than we realize. Here are 16 points (5+6+5) and few more for good measure.It's been happening for a long time. Christians (and others) are being killed for their faith, for what they believe and for what they refuse to believe. I didn't … [Read more...]