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I. Concept

In 20th-century Protestant theology, the term “testimony” or “witness” describes not only individual acts of confession or the martyrdom of individuals. Rather, the reference to the truth and testing of the gospel, and to the self-understanding of Christian existence (as faith, love, or hope). Witness therefore describes the true constitution of speaking on the basis of faith, the non-moral responsibility of free action out of…

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Assel, Heinrich, “Witness/Testimony”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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