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Suffering and persecution as a mark of the church: a perspective from Australia

Zweck, Dean (2013) Suffering and persecution as a mark of the church: a perspective from Australia. Lutheran Theological Journal, 47 (3). pp. 162-172. ISSN 0024-7553

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Abstract

This article considers why suffering, persecution and martyrdom are said to be a mark of the church. It then looks at how suffering and persecution have been part of the experience of Lutheran Christians in the Australian context. In this story not all suffering and persecution is endured 'for righteousnes' sake' but is sometimes a consequence of unrighteousness. Finally it is shown that suffering for the sake of unrighteousness is to be borne in faith as participation in the skandalon of the cross.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Suffering, persecution, Lutherans, Australia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Rev Dr Dean Zweck
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 01:18
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1402

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