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John Fox's famous book detailing the lives, sufferings and triumphant deaths of the early Christian and the Protestant Martyrs. Persecutions of the Christians in Persia. "After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs.
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Foxe's intention was to attack the Roman Catholic Church, centred primarily on the persecution under Mary Tudor, and to establish a historical justification for the foundation of the Church of England as the contemporary embodiment of the true and faithful church rather than a newly established Christian denomination. Book of Martyrs.

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Buying Format see all. All Listings. Best Offer. Buy It Now. For example, so many died because they would not worship little figurines of saints from the Catholic church. If the idea of being martyred because you wouldn't worship a statue of Paul isn't ironic, then I don't know what is. I find it stupefying that things the martyrs died for are things we are accepting unthinkingly into our churches today.

We need to know our history so that we can see our present more clearly. May 01, Randy Alcorn added it Shelves: biographies-and-memoirs.

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Those powerful stories ignited me, raised the bar of my commitment to Christ, and gave me a love for persecuted Christians. I pray this wonderful book from Voice of the Martyrs will do the same for countless readers. Hebrews 11 is still being written throughout the world—may we learn from those stories.

And, empowered by Christ, may we live in such a way that our own stories might one day be worth telling. Every Christian should read this book. The Renaissance of the fifteenth through sixteenth centuries, generally thought of in glowing terms of cultural and artistic re-birth, had its dark side. The development of political absolutism, which Niccolo Machiavelli prescribed in The Prince, combined with the crisis of the Reformation led to many shameful episodes of religious intolerance and butchery.

The Inquisition, the Thirty Years War, the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the anti-popes, and England's Marian Persecutions have tainted, The Renaissance of the fifteenth through sixteenth centuries, generally thought of in glowing terms of cultural and artistic re-birth, had its dark side. The Inquisition, the Thirty Years War, the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the anti-popes, and England's Marian Persecutions have tainted, if not haunted, the relations between western protestants and Catholics since.

Don't expect context-neutral historicism from Foxe, that wasn't his intent. This was a hagiography of the martyrs of his side and a condemnation of those working their murders. Starting with the apostles, Foxe and his successors trace the horrors acted upon followers of Jesus of Nazareth.

The focus of the book, however, were those men and women who stood, and often died horribly, against the increasingly horrific opposition of the church in Rome to the Reformation. That humans did these things to other humans is sad, that they did them in the name of their God was shameful. But these thing did happen, and it's often helpful to view them from an internal, if not unbiased, perspective.

The continuation of these persecutions into the twenty-first century is also recorded. That said, this edition suffers from egregious textual errors. Bridge Logos owed this work better than the many typographical errors which pepper the text.


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Some are beyond simple typesetter transpositions. For example, an entire paragraph on page 41 reverses all references to the eastern and western Roman empires. There's no excuse. Further, while the modern editors congratulate themselves modernizing Foxe's manuscript, it is still awkward and hard to follow. Well, if you ever want to know the depths of cruelty that humans can sink to, when people don't think the way they want you to, this is the book for you.

At least 9 of the original 12 apostles were martyred, beheaded, stoned, crucified, and worse, for their faith, and it only goes downhill from there. This follows history throughout the ages, as the church absconds, for lack of a better word with lands, money, and titles by accusing anyone, albeit, rich or poor of not being part of the church Well, if you ever want to know the depths of cruelty that humans can sink to, when people don't think the way they want you to, this is the book for you.

This follows history throughout the ages, as the church absconds, for lack of a better word with lands, money, and titles by accusing anyone, albeit, rich or poor of not being part of the church of the "flavor of the decade. Can any one say Inquisition, and not shudder?

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I doubt it It seemed to be the easiest way to acquire land and money from the rich, instill fear in the poor, and wipe out entire villages of undesirables. A horrifying account of what happens what sociopaths are put in charge of religion, or race, hmmm history has a tendency to repeat its self if we do not learn from it?

This is something that we should all be on the look out for in this day and age to be sure. Be warned! How can we not continue to serve Him, with so great a cloud of witnesses that have gone before us. We have not resisted unto death, but many hero's of the faith have done so! Jesus Christ is worth it all!!! Shelves: christian. A book about Christians killed for their beliefs 14 November This is a book all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading.

Basically, it is all about people who were persecuted for their faith and underwent incredible suffering and hardship before dying in some of the most gruesome manners possible. In fact it is an incredibly depressing book and one that as a Christian I found very hard to read. Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, e A book about Christians killed for their beliefs 14 November This is a book all about Christian martyrs and it makes pretty grim reading. Mind you, it is not something that we of any faith or persuasion should ignore, especially if we live in relative security, because we should always remember those who came before us who suffered and died for the freedom that we enjoy today.

As somebody once said, the tree of faith is watered by the blood of martyrs. However I do find books and articles like this to be a little one sided at times.

FOX'S BOOK OF MARTYRS

Look, as I have said and will continue to say, we cannot ignore the plight of those who suffer and die for their faith, especially today, however we cannot be too focused on them since it can distract us from the bigger picture. Also, we can become caught up in the stories that this book tells us and think that the only people who are persecuted are Christians. Before I go on to discuss the implications I better outline some of the background and context of this book. John Foxe was writing in the 16th century, during the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, which means that he would have lived through the reign of the queen known colloquially as Bloody Mary.

England had just gone through a reformation after King Henry VIII had split from the Catholic Church, one reason being for divorce, but more likely a political move to strengthen his sovereignty over England because up until then the Pope pretty much called the shots. While King Edward moved the reformation forward to free the church from medieval tradition, Queen Mary, being a staunch Catholic, decided that she wanted to return the English church to the rulership of the Pope. She faced tremendous opposition, and in response she went on a rampage and burnt numerous prominent protestants at the stake.

I suspect that Foxes' reasons for writing this book was not only to remind the English protestants of those who died under Mary's reign, but also to remind his readers that martyrdom for Christianity was nothing new.