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2012 | 18 | 129-144

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Męczeństwo jako świadectwo prawdzie


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Martyrdom as a witness of the truth

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The martyrdom of Christians, despite different contexts, has its constant features, unchanging over the centuries. The martyrs of all the time have the idea, that one could say all the truth. The whole truth of a man and of the world is not coming from any state or institution. It does not have a theoretical cognitive character alone, either, but - as wants it Jesus – the guiding light of all martyrs, an existing one (I am the truth). Therefore the state and every institution, that cares about the truth, needs religion. Thus religion is unsafe, where the truth becomes inconvenient. A martyr is then a representant and an executor of evangelical radicalism, e.g. the lack of acceptance for adjusting the truth to any rules. The closeness of the martyr to the truth is indissoluble, therefore the destiny of the truth becomes his destiny. And as the martyr becomes the target of assassination for those, for whom the truth is inconvenient, he is a victor as well, because finally the Truth is winning. The persecution of Christians, the martyrdom in the 20th century was so great, because the value of the objective truth had never before been questioned to a such degree.



  • profesor Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego, kierownik Katedry Teologii Fundamentalnej


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