Friday, January 15, 2010

Ellul on Martyrdom

"Need it be recalled that the great witnesses of the faith have always regarded martyrdom as the supreme act of freedom of conscience and religious liberty, and that the way of martyrdom rules out the way of revolution, since he who is ready to lose his life does not fight others but refuses to kill them? For the enemy is the neighbor whom he must love even though he be unjust toward others. To accept martyrdom is certainly not passivity or resignation. On the contrary it is a royal affirmation of the sovereignty of our Lord." (The Ethics of Freedom, page 393)

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