Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. –Blaise Pascal Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, which impacted the world, there has been renewed interest in Islam. Secular as well as Christian bookstores feature literature analyzing this second largest religion after Christianity. Why did these […]

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Ignatius of Antioch

“You must have Jesus Christ. You cannot have anything better than that.” (Ignatius, Letter to the Magnesians, 7.1) The phrase “martyr complex“ refers to a person who seems to delight in suffering—in fact, may earnestly pursue and revel in suffering. One inducement to this condition is fanaticism; another may be an abnormal sense of victimization […]

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Paul Schneider, the Martyr of Buchenwald

Few in North America know the name of Paul Schneider, the first Protestant pastor murdered by the Nazis. Fewer still know the remarkable trial of faith that marked the life of this Reformed minister of the Gospel. From an early age, young Paul set his sights upon the ministry, listing “the pastorate” as his chosen […]

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