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Lessons Drawn from the Japanese Martyrs
Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2013 | Rachel Lu

Posted on 09/03/2013 5:55:12 PM PDT by RBStealth

Thinking over the Christian martyrs in all of their awe-inspiring diversity, I sometimes find it fun to speculate: for which Christian principle would I prefer to die? Transubstantiation? The Trinitarian formula? It is easy to lose oneself in a kind of holy envy of generations past., Even St. Thomas More, though no stranger to tawdry political realities, was ultimately able to offer his life as a testament to the authority of Rome. We for our part are most likely to suffer over sex, since that is the place where the enemy has now concentrated his forces in the battle for souls. It is a thoroughly unedifying subject, even to those of us who understand the significance of this skirmish in the larger war over the normativity of nature. By comparison, a good, impassioned fight over Christology would be a breath of fresh air.


TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Orthodox Christian; Religion & Culture
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1 posted on 09/03/2013 5:55:12 PM PDT by RBStealth
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To: RBStealth

They were major bad-asses, from the little I know about this. If it’s the same group, their guidon was a crucifix, and they were finally defeated.

They had some really unusually cruel form of death handed over to them, from what I heard.

It was a critical battle, and to this day the irony is that Japan’s % of Christians is lower than it was in the year 1600 AD, I believe.

I heard they were a really amazing army, though.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 6:13:39 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: RBStealth

The Silence was a great book. I didn’t know they were making a movie of it.


3 posted on 09/03/2013 6:18:00 PM PDT by livius
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To: gaijin

I was referring to the Shimabara Rebellion in south Nagasaki, sorry.

I think when the Christians were finally defeated they were asked to step on Christian figurines, or die by being bled slowly while hung upside down over some kind of large pit.

I think they beheaded 40,000 of them, also, as an example.

The outcome of that Rebellion held effects that last to this day on modern Japan.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 6:28:56 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: RBStealth
I have acquired a book of biographies of all 117 canonized Vietnamese martyrs in Vietnamese -Hạnh Tích Các Thánh Tử Đạo Việt Nam. I am about two thirds of the way through it. I thought I would be bored because I knew many of the stories would be very similar, repetitive even. I am fascinated by the stories, though, There were far more than 117 but these are the ones for whom names and some history are known. They were bishops and priests and village elders and rice farmers and craftsmen, soldiers, healers and children. When I go back again I mean to visit some of the tombs.
5 posted on 09/03/2013 8:03:08 PM PDT by ThanhPhero (Khách sang La Vang hanh huong tham vieng Maria)
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