Christians and Tyrants

The Prison Testimonies of Boethius, Thomas More and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Jamie S. Scott (Author)
Others VIII, 280 Pages
Series: Toronto Studies in Religion, Volume 19


Conflict between religion and politics often results in a paradigm shift in cultural history. In turn, such paradigm shifts in the history of religion invariably produce martyrs. As Christianity moves from the classical to the medieval world, from the medieval to the modern, and from the modern to the postmodern, Boethius, Thomas More, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer find themselves caught amidst competing claims upon their religious and political allegiances. Imprisoned and executed by the tyrants Theodoric, Henry VIII, and Adolf Hitler, these figures explore their religious and political marginalization in the prison writings, The Consolation of Philosophy, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, and Letters and Papers from Prison. Using a variety of disciplinary methods, this study sheds new light on our understanding of martyrdom and the theory and practice of Christian testimony as both a literal act of self-sacrifice and a literary act of self-justification.


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ISBN (Book)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., Paris, Wien, 1995. VIII, 280 pp.

Biographical notes

Jamie S. Scott (Author)

The Author: Jamie S. Scott is Coordinator of the Religious Studies Programme and an associate professor in the Division of Humanities at York University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. from The Divinity School of The University of Chicago. As well as publishing widely in scholarly journals, Dr. Scott is editor of And the Birds Began to Sing: Religion and Literature in Post/Neocolonial Cultures and coeditor of Cities of Gods: Faith, Politics and Pluralism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and Sacred Places and Profane Spaces: Essays in the Geographics of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.


Title: Christians and Tyrants