To Share in the Body: A Theology of Martyrdom for Today's Church  -     By: Craig Hovey
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To Share in the Body: A Theology of Martyrdom for Today's Church

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Following the Gospel of Mark's trajectory with its extended Passion narrative, Hovey points out that Jesus' death goes contrary to many of our preconceptions. Today Christians are still suffering, being persecuted, and killed. Martrydom is the ultimate sacrifice a witness or disciple can make. 160 pages, softcover. Brazos.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 158743217X
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Publisher's Description

In modern-day America, it is hard for Christians to imagine ever dying for their faith. And yet in To Share in the Body, author Craig Hovey challenges Christians to view martyrdom not as relegated to the past or to remote parts of the world but rather as having profound implications for Christian witness today.

By examining the Gospel of Mark's recurring theme of martyrdom, Hovey argues that martyrdom is a critical aspect of the gospel and therefore crucial to how the church today remembers martyrs and understands Christian discipleship. Written by an up-and-coming theologian, To Share in the Body provides engaging theological reflection that will benefit not only scholars and students of theology but also anyone interested in understanding a biblical view of martyrdom. The book also includes a foreword by Samuel Wells.

Author Bio

Craig Hovey (PhD, University of Cambridge) is assistant professor of religion at Ashland University and the author of several books. He lives in Yucaipa, California.

Author Bio

Craig Hovey (PhD, University of Cambridge) is an adjunct professor of religion at the University of Redlands and an adjunct professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary. His articles have appeared in the Scottish Journal of Theology, Theology Today, and Studies in Christian Ethics. Hovey lives in Yucaipa, California.

Endorsements

"Craig Hovey digs deep into the heart of Mark's truth and finds a seam on which there are riches of theological, spiritual, and exegetical profundity. Only a scholar on a trajectory of radical discipleship yet at ease with the practical meaning of theological discourse could write such a book." -Samuel Wells, Duke University

"Craig Hovey's To Share in the Body is a profound reflection on Mark's Gospel. These timely and poignant words encourage Christians to think about what it means to be a martyred church. The extraordinary and simple truth of martyrdom is actually a refusal 'to play the martyr' in order to turn the axis of history in your favor. Hovey offers a biblical vision of a non-instrumental martyrdom, which can point, witness, and testify to the truth of Jesus Christ, but can never be used as a tool for social or political change in the church or in the world. At the heart of this book is a vision of the Cross of Jesus Christ, not as a site of violence, but as a sign of its ultimate refusal. I recommend this remarkable book to any person interested in what it really means to live and to die in the body of Christ." -C. C. Pecknold, University of Cambridge

"Theology once did its work by commentary on scripture, but in modernity we somehow lost that theological skill. Almost as if a miracle, Craig Hovey has recovered that theological skill. He has done so by providing an account of martyrdom as displayed in the Gospel of Mark. This book does nothing less than to help Christians negotiate a culture determined by the belief we can get out of life alive. Hopefully this book will be read widely." -Stanley Hauerwas, author of Resident Aliens: Life in Christian Colony

"Costly witness to the truth, seeing things with discernment shaped by the Holy Spirit, and living as Christians alert to the radical call of Jesus Christ: these are matters at the heart of Mark's Gospel and of this gripping, perceptive book. It refreshes faith from its deepest sources." -David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

"This is the most elegant theological reading of Mark I have encountered in the last twenty years, and a compelling meditation on a subject most first-world Christians prefer to avoid. Hovey rightly places discipleship at the heart of Christian faith, the cross at the heart of discipleship, and nonviolence at the heart of what the cross means for the church. A model for how Christian theology (and practice!) should be grounded in the gospel story." -Ched Myers, author of Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus

"Truly an extraordinary book. Some will not be convinced by all of Hovey's exegetical or systematic theses. But before worrying about such things, readers should simply delight in the sudden insights and revelatory turns of thought that appear on every page." -Robert Jenson, professor emeritus of religion, St. Olaf College

"Craig Hovey challenges Christians to be worth persecuting, but he does so without romanticizing suffering or the church. Every church is called to be a martyr-church, not to glorify death, but to declare that death means nothing in the light of what God has done in Christ. In taut prose, Hovey unpacks the logic of Mark's Gospel and helps the church discern what God is doing in history, both in Mark's day and in our own. This book is lean, penetrating, and wise. Every page rewards the reader with fresh insight." -William T. Cavanaugh, associate professor of theology, University of St. Thomas

Publisher Description

In modern-day America, it is hard for Christians to imagine ever dying for their faith. And yet in To Share in the Body, author Craig Hovey challenges Christians to view martyrdom not as relegated to the past or to remote parts of the world but rather as having profound implications for Christian witness today.

By examining the Gospel of Mark's recurring theme of martyrdom, Hovey argues that martyrdom is a critical aspect of the Gospel, and therefore crucial to how the church today remembers martyrs and understands Christian discipleship. Hovey examines questions such as: Was Jesus a martyr? What makes martyrs witnesses? And what is wrong with a "martyr complex"?

Written by an up-and-coming theologian, To Share in the Body is fresh, creative, and accessible. It will be a valuable resource for scholars, students, members of the clergy, and laypeople interested in better understanding contemporary Christian witness. All readers will emerge with a better appreciation that the witness of martyrs is not isolated to a select few but rather crucial to shaping the Christian life we all share.

Publisher's Weekly

Western Christians may feel safe from being called to die for their faith, but Hovey (adjunct professor at the University of Redlands and Fuller Theological Seminary) explores the Gospel of Mark to find evidence that “every church is meant to be a martyr-church.” For Hovey, “all Christians [should] refuse to relegate the threat of martyrdom to the fringes of history or remote parts of the globe.” A martyr-church is one in which members acknowledge the essential opposition of the church to the world and the possibility that they, too, may die in Christian witness. In a dense theological inquiry, Hovey uses the events in Mark to demonstrate that martyrdom is an inextricable feature of the Christian message. Hovey’s inaccessible writing doesn’t draw on the lived experiences of actual Christians in danger or analyze the differing relations between the church and the “principalities and powers” around the world. By not engaging nonspecialist readers or considering the real-life contexts of martyrdom, Hovey has probably limited his book’s appeal to fellow theologians. (Feb.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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