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"Die if you want to, you innocent puppet!" --Ed Poor 15:18, 13 April 2007 (EDT)

Justin Martyr the original martyr?

I thought Stephen in Acts 7 was the original martyr for Christianity. DanH 17:20, 17 June 2008 (EDT)

I think it's the idea of the very word being named after him, that there was something special about him that was used as a focal point. Since all of the disciples except John died of unnatural causes (at least according to tradition), and Paul didn't die of old age either, we could say that other people died for the faith before him. Learn together 21:08, 17 June 2008 (EDT)
That makes sense if the phrase originated with him. DanH 21:09, 17 June 2008 (EDT)

I believe that St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles was the first to be martyred for Christ. Plus, the case can be made for John the Baptist as the original martyr -- 50 star flag.png jp 00:49, 23 August 2008 (EDT)