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To: Poohbah
A question: what percentage of Christians lived in the 20th Century to begin with? Methinks it's pretty doggone high.

A good question. Another is: how do you define a martyr? I mean maybe that many Christians were killed in the 20th century, but just being killed doesn't make you a martyr.
5 posted on 05/10/2002 12:58:54 PM PDT by moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
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To: moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
OK, so we're trying to define the metric. I would say "murdered because of their faith."
7 posted on 05/10/2002 1:05:51 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
Another is: how do you define a martyr?

Here you go.

mar·tyr Pronunciation Key (märtr) n.

1.) One who chooses to suffer death rather than renounce religious principles.

2.) One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle.

3.) One who endures great suffering: a martyr to arthritis.

4.) One who makes a great show of suffering in order to arouse sympathy.

tr.v. mar·tyred, mar·tyr·ing, mar·tyrs To make a martyr of, especially to put to death for devotion to religious beliefs.

To inflict great pain on; torment.

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[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Late Greek martur, from Greek martus, martur-, witness.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

As in most cases to renounce the Christian faith would have lead to their lives being spared those who died at the hands of the Communist and Muslim forces should indeed be considered martyrs.

a.cricket

8 posted on 05/10/2002 1:14:35 PM PDT by another cricket
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To: moderation_is_not_a_bad_thing
The author is define a martyr as a Christian who is killed because of his faith. For example, if a Muslem fundamentalist bombed a Christian Church and killed 100 people, they would be martyr's because they died while worshipping our Lord. Also, if someone is killed because they refused to denounce Jesus Christ as the only Son of God, or other basic Christian beliefs, they would be a martyr.

At least, that's what I think is going on. If I'm wrong, please correct me.

13 posted on 05/10/2002 2:00:23 PM PDT by Gophack
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