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"And now let us frame an ideal of the just and unjust. Imagine the unjust man to be master of his craft, seldom making mistakes and easily correcting them; having gifts of money, speech, strength—the greatest villain bearing the highest character: AND at his side let us place THE JUST in his nobleness and simplicity—being, not seeming—without name or reward—clothed in his JUSTICE only—the best of men who is thought to be the worst, and let him die as he has lived. I might add (but I would rather put the rest into the mouth of the panegyrists of injustice—they will tell you) that THE JUST MAN WILL BE SCOURGED, RACKED, BOUND, WILL HAVE HIS EYES PUT OUT, and will at last be CRUCIFIED (literally impaled)—and all this because he ought to have preferred seeming to being."    - Plato ; The Republic

"The fruits of the messianic community come only with persecutions, and they must stand firm through the great tribulation. 'Falling away' is a technical term for the inability to accept or sustain discipleship practice."    - Ched Myers ; Binding the Strong Man: a political reading of Mark's story of Jesus

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

   - Jesus ; Matthew 5.10

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