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A Hidden Life as Temptation Narrative

December 19th, 2019 | 9 min read

By Joshua Heavin

How do we live when nobody is looking, or when the collateral damage of pursuing good might outweigh complicity in evil?

Terrence Malick’s film A Hidden Life is based upon the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant who was conscripted into the Nazi armed forces but conscientiously objected to the demand that he swear an oath of loyalty to Hitler, for which he was imprisoned and ultimately beheaded in 1943.

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Joshua Heavin

Joshua Heavin (PhD, Aberdeen) is a curate and deacon at an Anglican church in the Dallas area, and an adjunct professor in the School of Christian Thought at Houston Christian University, and at West Texas A&M University.

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