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Jolyon Mitchellis Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh. A former BBC journalist, he is author or editor of many books, articles and essays, includingMedia Violence and Christian Ethics, Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence, andReligion and the News.
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Giving up one's life or accepting death for the sake of firmly held beliefs and convictions has a long and, mostly, noble history. It seems to have figured in various cultures and religions. Most of these acts have been recognized or treated as instances of martyrdom. This term etymologically means bearing of a witness, but has come to signify the witness of the ultimate kind - willingness to die for a cause or an ideal.    Most of us in the West consider martyrdom to be a quaint …
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