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Kaj Munk And Resistance

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Paul Gerhard Schoenborn makes some noticeable and mildly edifying reflections on the general acceptance of martyrs and martyrdom, the so-called wirkungsgeschichte, a German idiom whose English equivalent is Effective History. It can be no secret that Kaj Munks frame of reference was theological-ethical and not political-pragmatic. In church history as well in the Bible striking parallels to Kaj Munks religious, ethical stand against his ideological surroundings. In Kaj Munks production, there is in no way a counterbalanced differentiation between the martyr, the Knights Templar and the Christian soldier. As to spiritual resistance, not least to martyrdom, Kaj Munk had a strong perception of being on the same wavelength as deep-rooted Christian tradition and in total harmony with the imitatio Christi. To Kaj Munk, martyrdom becomes, seemingly, more and more a cornerstone within the Christian Creed.

Keywords: Christian tradition; ethical agenda; Kaj Munk; Knights Templar; martyrdom; religious agenda; spiritual resistance



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