The term martyr derives from the Greek for witness, meaning that the Christian witness to the Resurrection becomes its own sacrifice and oblation to God. The Christian witness restores harmony to secular and religious chaos. Christian witness explains the success of Western Civilization and is the reason for including these Personal Notes in the www.western-civilization.com web site.
At least according to the Judeo-Christian heritage, a
little bit of disorder brings greater order.
That is the meaning of sacrifice.
That is the meaning of oblation to God.
In the Christian dispensation,
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 is about
In Acts, which
life with harmony and relating sacrifice and atonement is the theme of
The Fourth Psalm is about bringing harmony out of chaos in the world. As part of such harmony, the phrase “to stand in awe” entered the English language from the King James translation of Psalm 4:4 The Lectionary equivalent is “Know that the LORD does wonders.”
another sense, what happened to
Easter from age to age has many facets. One
such facet is discussed by
At this point, I am considering accepting the Chair of the Religious Affairs Committee of the Newport News Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). One function of the committee is to “promote an educational program designed to give a moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle.” Another function is to “provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.”
The major responsibility of the committee is to foster a cooperative relationship between organized religion and the NAACP to the end that NAACP will gain support in its effort to increase equal job opportunities for African Americans, to encourage the desegregation of church related institutions such as schools, colleges, hospitals; to support the NAACP Religious Affairs Department’s special membership and fund-raising projects and to mobilize mass religious support for voter registration and political action campaigns for civil rights legislation e.g., social concerns committee in each church to spearhead letter writing campaigns to congressional representatives encouraging specific legislation.
My approach is that truth should determine politics, not that truth should not engage politics. As a retired Black History and Western Civilization professor, what I do is research. I am now trying to relate my Biblical research to the practical needs of the local NAACP.
Writing about the NAACP is experimental. I am not happy with my own arrogance. Perhaps readers will help me through it. Chances of anything positive happening, if I never expose my thoughts, are far less. I, therefore, try.
Lectionary readings for this Third Sunday of Easter are about finding
order in the midst of sin and chaos in the world. The Acts of the Apostles is about preaching
to the Jews about how to make sense out of the Resurrection. The Fourth Psalm is about finding calm in the
midst of distress. 1
Martyr is derived from the Greek for witness. With that as background, the Christian witness sometimes includes martyrdom but always involves an oblation to God. The Christian witness to the Resurrection restores harmony to secular and religious chaos. By prioritizing truth over politics, Christian witness explains the success of Western Civilization and is the reason for including these Personal Notes in the www.western-civilization.com web site.
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes
Alister McGrath, In the
 Maximilian Zerwick, S.J., English Edition adapted from the Fourth Latin Edition by Joseph Smith, S.J., Scripta Pontificii Instituti Biblico—114—Biblical Greek (Roma: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 1994) 82.