Monthly Archives: May 2012

Michael Hyatt’s Platform Book Review

Michael Hyatt’s book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, is a great investment for any aspiring writer, artist, musician, speaker, or anyone with a product to sell.  Hyatt made the 228 or so pages fly by.  Most of the … Continue reading

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Blog Directions

I am soliciting advice from you my readers.  Over the last two weeks or so I have been posting parts of a paper that I wrote and was reading a shorter version at the North American Patristics Society.  So I … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 10

This is the conclusion to the paper, nuff said.  It would seem safe to say from all the evidence provided above that martyrdom could be considered a sacrament of the Church.  This paper has tried to show through the use … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 9

In this section of the paper, I discuss the idea that there is a liturgy of martyrdom.  It focuses on the idea that the martyrs copy Jesus’ passion and death, in their own death.  Much of the scholarship comes from … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 8

This section of the paper focuses on the continuing help the martyrs give to the church.  The topic of relics and loci are discussed.  The Early Church believed the martyrs and other saints were able to intercede on their behalf and the relics of … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 7

In this section, I focus on the spiritual warfare the martyrs face up to and at their death.  Much of the scholarship is taken from Paul Middleton and St. Clement of Alexandria.  The martyrs faced not only the governmental authorities, … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament, Part 5

In this section of the paper, I explore the idea of the martyr bearing spiritual fruit leading up to, in, and after his/her death.  It focuses on evidence from The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, The Vision of St. Perpetua, and … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament, Part 4

In this section of the paper, the idea that martyrdom gives the martyr divine life which is sealed with grace is explored.  Examples are taken from the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp and recent scholarship.   The next topic to be explored is … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament, Part 3

In this section of the paper, I explore the idea that martyrdom meets the qualification of, “given by Christ to the Church and to the individual for the remembrance and imitation of his life.”  It focuses on evidence from the … Continue reading

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Imitators of Christ: Is Martyrdom a Sacrament? Part 2

In this section of the paper, I explore the first part of the definition of sacrament given in Part 1.  I try to show how the martyrs posses “visible signs of inward and spiritual grace.”  Examples are taken mainly from the … Continue reading

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