Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom
Theological Reflections
Religious Persecution
In addition to the full text of the extensive Bad Urach Statement “Towards an evangelical theology of suffering, persecution and martyrdom for the global church in mission” and the short Bad Urach Call, the compendium includes papers from twelve contributors covering a wide perspective on the theology of suffering. Isaiah Majok Dau from Sudan addresses how to face human suffering from a biblical and theological perspective. Rolf Hille from Germany contributes a biblical-theological response to the problem of theodicy in the context of modern criticism of religion. Charles L Tieszen from the United States attempts a comprehensive definition of persecution from a theological perspective which is communicable with a sociological perspective. Margaretha N Adiwardana from Brazil, a Chinese-Indonesian who left her country of birth due to harassment, examines the biblical teaching on perseverance. She maintains that from an eschatological perspective, suffering leads to blessing for those who endure it. Josef Ton from Romania, retired in the United States, describes suffering and martyrdom as a defining and essential Christian characteristic, with the major example being Christ’s death on the cross. Young Kee Lee, a South Korean now living in the United States tries to trace God’s mission in suffering and martyrdom. He postulates that there is a kind of suffering that is instrumental in advancing God’s kingdom. Thomas J Wespetal, a theological lecturer in Ukraine, from the United States deals with how God’s plan is furthered through the martyrdom event and attempts to highlight the value of dying for the Christian faith. Christof Sauer, a German living in South Africa, analyzes the work of the influential German mission leader Karl Hartenstein (1894-1952) who has developed a “theology of mission under the cross”. He maintains that suffering and martyrdom characterize the mission of the church which takes place in the interim between Christ’s ascension and second coming. Thomas Schirrmacher from Germany addresses a variety of theological and ethical issues. One of his emphases is on the sustaining role of the Holy Spirit in suffering and martyrdom. Peter Beyerhaus, also from Germany, was given the task to focus on an eschatological perspective, concerning the church of Christ in the shadow of the approaching Antichrist. According to his opinion present day persecution can be regarded as a foreshadowing of the apocalyptic escalation of persecution. Reg Reimer from Canada and with lifelong experience in advocacy in South-East Asia, shares his insights on persecution, advocacy and mission at the beginning of the 21st century. Richard Howell from India, dealing with the recent killings of Christians in Orissa, maintains that forgiveness and reconciliation are proper Christian responses to suffering and martyrdom.
1. The Bad Urach Call
2. Bad Urach Statement
3. Facing human suffering
4. A biblical-theological response to the problem of theodicy
5. Towards redefining persecution
6. Biblical teaching on perseverance
7. Suffering and martyrdom
8. God’s mission in suffering and martyrdom
9. Martyrdom and the furtherance of God’s plan
10. Towards a theology of “mission under the cross"
11. Theses on a theology of martyrdom
12. The church of Christ under the shadow of Antichrist
13. Persecution, advocacy and mission
14. Christian suffering and martyrdom
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Posted : 2012-04-16 09:16:59 GMT
Author/Authors : WEA Religious Liberty Commission
Publishers : AcadSA, VKW
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Publication Date : 2010