The Noble Army

Edited by James Hawkey / Foreword by Justin Welby

In July 1998, ten statues of martyrs of the twentieth century were unveiled surmounting the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey. These statues were intended to represent those millions of individuals who suffered for their faith in Christ in the twentieth century. Ten figures were identified from different continents and different churches; victims of Nazi and Bolshevik oppression, state-sponsered violence, and religious hatred, they stand as a testimony to the bloodshed of the twentieth century. Some, such as Óscar Romero and Martin Luther King Jr, are famed across the world. Others are less known.

The Noble Army offers reflections on each of these ten lives, explores the questions surrounding their choices, and tells us the stories behind them. These reflections culminate in a chapter on the contemporary reality of Christian marginalisation and persecution, written by Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq.

JAMES HAWKEY is canon theologian of Westminster Abbey, and a visiting professor in theology at King’s College London.

CONTRIBUTORS: Anthony Ball, Tricia Hillas, David Hoyle, David Stanton, Bashar Warda.

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