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What is the meaning of the martyr’s sacrifice? Is it true that the martyr imitates Christ? After the “one and eternal” sacrifice of Jesus why are from time to time new (and often quite numerous) sacrifices necessary? What is the underlying concept concerning the divinity? How do these ideas survive in present times? These are the kind of questions behind the inquiries in this monograph. The author investigates martyrdom as a (voluntary) human sacrifice and wishes to demonstrate how human sacrifice has been turned into martyrdom. The two emblematic figures of this transformation are Iphigeneia and Isaac. Pesthy argues that all the peoples in the environment in which Christianity came into being are characterized by a very ambiguous and hypocritical attitude toward human sacrifice: while in theory they condemn it as barbarian and belonging to bygone times, in concrete cases they accept, admire and practice it. The same attitude survives in Christianity in which martyrs replace the human sacrifice of olden days: they are real sacrifices, not symbolical ones. Our feelings about martyrs can be very different: we may admire their unbending courage and heroism or be irritated by their stubbornness, or even feel disgusted at the fanaticism with which they strove for death. But whatever our feelings may be, we must admit that a very strong motivation is needed to accept voluntarily or even seek death (and, in the majority of cases, a very painful death at that).
An African proverb says it takes a village to raise a child; even though this is true, a tremendous amount of your life's success is determined by your parents. Some fortunate people are born to better educated and better-situated families, therefore putting them at a natural advantage. Raised in the Washington D.C. foster care system, Kurt Bryant was not one of the fortunate children. On the night of his twenty-first birthday, which should've been the best night of his life, a chance encounter with three mysterious people leaves one of Kurt's friends dead on the icy January concrete. Kurt wakes up in Richmond, Virginia, covered in blood with no idea how he got there—pursued by the three unknown attackers that want nothing more than to end his life. Armed with only the dark consciousness that resides in him, Kurt struggles to stay one step ahead of the mysterious figures who now want him dead.
These 2 novels are visionary fantasy books, and paradoxical, extremely popular in Britain before the horrors of World War I. "The Great War in England in 1897" – Coalition forces led by Russia and France invade Britain and make several early advances, but the Germans land in Britain as allies coming to help repulse the invasion. The brave English patriots, together with German soldiers, will try to turn the tide. "The Invasion of 1910" – Sides are turned and Germany is an invader now. The German soldiers have managed to land a sizable invasion force on the East Coast of England. They advance inland, cutting all telegraph lines and despoiling farmland as they go. The British struggle to mount a proper defense, and the Germans eventually reach London and occupy half the city. William Le Queux (1864-1927) was an Anglo-French writer who mainly wrote in the genres of mystery, thriller, and espionage, particularly in the years leading up to World War I. His best-known works are the anti-French and anti-Russian invasion fantasy "The Great War in England in 1897" and the anti-German invasion fantasy "The Invasion of 1910."
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The battle lines in this bitter rivalry are as old as civilization itself: On one side, an unlikely band of ordinary Americans ready to make their last stand in defense of self-rule, freedom, and liberty, and on the other, an elite cabal of self-styled tyrants who believe that unlimited power should be wielded only by the chosen few. That group, led by an aging, trillionaire puppet-master named Aaron Doyle, will stop at nothing to destroy the myth that man is capable of ruling himself.