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Recovering the Unspeakable
Martyrs as Model Citizens
Edited by Joshua Woo & Soo-Inn Tan
“Nowadays Christians only hear of martyrs when an invited speaker from a ministry like the Voice of the Martyrs comes to speak at a Sunday service once every two or three years.
“Probably due to concern about the sensitivities of Muslim listeners, Christians in Malaysia—and the rest of the world—are reluctant to speak in public about Jewish and Christian exilic consciousness. We are reluctant to speak about a consciousness which is rooted in Scripture and expressed powerfully through Christian martyrs. I believe this is unwise, for the result of this reluctance is a veiling of what Christians are prepared to die for.”
Format: Ebook (please read our ebooks policy)
Category: Church, Politics & State; Christian Living
Publication Date: December 2013
In 2011, we published a collection of essays that explores some common issues that arise when we relate the Christian faith with politics — The Bible and the Ballot: Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today. It opened up discussion ranging from democracy, political preaching, discerning prayer, wisdom to vote, and Christian’s participation in social issues.
Christianity & Citizenship is a follow-up series that focuses on Christians’ participation as citizens. Like the previous series, the present one is also a collective effort by Christians from different parts of the theological spectrum.
Good theological reflection should always be a dialogue between the Scriptures and the critical issues of the day. It should also be done in community so that in conversation, we see clearer how the Word of God bears on our concerns. Our goal in presenting this series of essays is not merely to deepen our understanding. We also hope they will yield insights for how we ought to live.
~ from the Editors’ Note