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The Coptic Martyr of Cairo

The latest international thriller from best-selling author Martin Roth

Four Americans in Egypt on an archaeological dig. In the blistering summer heat they are fighting amongst themselves. Then they unearth a body. It is an old priest who has been murdered.

The gruesome discovery sets in train a sequence of events that leads to a deadly Islamist attack on the ancient church where the Americans are working.

The leader of the expedition, Professor Rafa Harel, must decide whether to withdraw his fractious team or continue on a mission to unveil a controversial series of wall paintings, knowing that these images have the power to spark even greater violence.

Meanwhile, watching over all of them is a dreamy young Egyptian Christian named Amir. His only quest in life is to become a martyr...

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Best Christian Websites – Chosun Journal and Righteous Violence

The Drudge Report meets the Gulag Archipelago. That’s how the Chosun Journal website describes itself.

It is appropriate.

For the Chosun Journal is devoted to the continuing online exposure of the horrors of the brutal North Korean regime. And more. It is an activist site. It not only works to move consciences about the misery being inflicted daily on the people of North Korea, but it also provides practical guidance on what we can all do.

Many people in the West have been shocked by recent revelations that North Korea’s leaders, in breach of their own promises, continue to develop a nuclear capacity. But spend time reading the articles on this site – start with this one, and then this one (no longer online) - and little will shock you again about the brutal nature of these evil men.

Evil?

With its notions of moral absolutes and judgement it’s a word that makes some people cringe. Yet I challenge anyone to read much at the Chosun Journal site and come away with any other description. Here’s another example. And another. And another.

The Journal’s editor is New York University law student Edward Kim, who also maintains the excellent Christian website Veritas.

He writes this about the website:

Visiting the Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. can be a harrowing experience. But what if you were visiting the museum while the Holocaust was still going on? This site is a memorial to the ongoing atrocities still happening in North Korea today, and a witness against the world that lets it happen. But unlike a visit to the museum in Washington, D.C., here visitors can make a difference right now to help stop the crimes against humanity being committed with impunity by the regime of Kim Jong Il.

And he is passionate about his cause. His latest editorial is “Give Violence a Chance”. The title may put some people off. It shouldn’t. Read it to the end. The conclusion may surprise.

Here’s just an excerpt:

It is admittedly a strange irony, perhaps even a tragedy, that those who deserve Nobel Peace Prizes may be the ones who effect peace through violence. At the same time, those who have received Nobel Peace Prizes…may have done the least to promote peace (which by definition is not merely the absence of conflict but the establishment of justice) through their non-violent efforts.

"But what about Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi?" proponents of non-violence will object. Surely they exemplify the truth that the best way to achieve peace is through non-violence.

No, those great men only demonstrate the truth that non-violent methods of civil disobedience only work effectively against regimes with functioning moral compasses. This truth was acknowledged by the German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer who participated in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Sometimes regimes can be so evil, that violence, or the credible threat of violence, is the only moral way of stopping their aggression.

October 22nd, 2002

 

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