Why is colon placed in the following sentence? What silence are they talking about?
The nature of our sources may account for this silence : martyrs and confessors, through their sufferings, were purging themselves of their sins in this world.
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'This' refers to something mentioned in a previous sentence.
The martyrs and confessors of the year Kihae accounted for roughly 1 per cent of the Korean Christian community, but it is they who articulate most clearly the contempt for the world, the belief in a better life to come, the preoccupation with (sexual) sin and concern with God's judgement which have been identified as characteristic features of so-called `Tridentine' Catholicism." Such views, however, need to be set against a background of more mundane and communal activities, including prayer meetings and the distribution of charity in response to famine or persecution, and the intense eucharistic devotion displayed by the laity. Similarly, none of the martyrs spoke of purgatory, although the existence of prayers for the dead indicate that the Korean laity were exposed to that doctrine. The nature of our sources may account for this silence : martyrs and confessors, through their sufferings, were purging themselves of their sins in this world.
Page 578 - Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 51, No. 3, July 2000. A Persecuted Church: Roman Catholicism in Early Nineteenth-Century Korea by Andrew J. Finch