The Purple Crown: The Politics and Witness of Martyrdom  -     By: Tripp York
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The Purple Crown: The Politics and Witness of Martyrdom

Herald Press / 2007 / Paperback

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The Purple Crown exhibits how Christianity's ultimate act of witnessing, martyrdom, is an inherently political act. York argues that the path of Christianity leads to a confrontation with the same powers that crucified Jesus.

Tripp York goes outside of the normal understandings of public theology and points to the most powerful persuaders within Christian history: the martyrs. The martyrs remind us of the moment in which all the world was simultaneously exposed as fallen and redeemed, of Christ's death and resurrection.

In York's telling, just as martyrs' deaths reveal Christ, so too their lives bear witness to the City of God, exposing those powers and principalities that crucified Jesus and continue to crucify him through his followers. He includes the biography of El Salvadorian priest Oscar Romero.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Herald Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN-13: 9780836193930
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Series: Polyglossia: Radical Reformation Theologies

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Author Bio

Tripp York is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and serves on the committee for Non-Violence Studies at Elon University in Elon, NC. His writings on Christian martyrdom have been published in multiple journals and magazines.

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"Reading the martyrs well means Christians are to enact a heavenly kind of politics that is simultaneously an earthly alternative to the despair of 'secular' politics, both left and right. Deftly weaving historical and contemporary narratives with theological analysis, York shows how martyrs overcome the dichotomy of religion and politics, and restore hope to God's good creation. This book is clearly-written and ecumenically-minded. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the relevance of martyrdom to contemporary discipleship." -William T. Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas

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A series intended for conversation among academics, ministers and laypersons regarding knowledge, beliefs and the practices of the Christian faith. Polyglossia grows out of John Howard Yoder's call to see radical reformation as a tone, style, or a stance, a way of thinking theologically that requires precarious attempts to speak the gospel in new idioms. It is a form of theological reflection that blends patient vulnerability and hermeneutical charity with considered judgment and informed criticism. The books in this series will emerge out of conversations with contemporary movements in theology, as well as philosophy, political theory, literature, and cultural studies.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 7, 2008
    Scott S.
    I have always been fascinated with the subject of martyrdom, and this book did not disappoint. I have read many books on martyrdom and this is definitely the most authoritative and accurate description of the politics of martyrdom I have yet to read. The first two chapters covers the early church, the third chapter discuss the 16th century (where Christians killed other Christians), the fourth chapter discusses in detail the political obligations of the would-be Christian martyr, and the fifth chapter covers the Archbishop Romero who was killed while serving the eucharist. I highly recommend what I think will become a classic in the field of Christian theology.
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