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Who wants to be a martyr?

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 11, 2009 | 5:22 pm

The Christianity Today Imago Fidei blog has quite the graphic on the history of martyrdom in the church. Since the beginning of Christianity, 70 million Christians have been martyred for their faith. This according to numbers from World Christian Trends.

Compare that to 80 million Muslims, 20 million Hindus, 10 million Buddhists and 9 million Jews. That may seem like a tiny number of martyrs for the most-persecuted people in history, but consider that there is roughly one Jew for every 66 Muslims in the world.

For a larger version of the graphic, which fans out as the Church split during the past 2,000 years, and a box that breaks down martyrdom by religion, click here.

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