Quotes / Religion and Politics

Quote of the day – George Orwell on #Pacifism

Those who “abjure” violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf. via George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism,” May, 1945 . Thought this might start a conversation…

Society and Religion

Yeah… hey @theird about that Christian pacifist thing…

Jesus, as it turns out was a hard core pacifist and he was serious as a heart attack about that non-resistance, turn the other cheek, take up your cross and be prepared to die at the hands of your enemies stuff. He was, to use an oxymoron, an adamant even a belligerent pacifist. ‘Those who live by the sword die by the sword’ was his warning, and when his disciples tried to take up swords for the sake of the Kingdom Jesus not only told them ‘enough of that’ but he then repaired the damage to the ear of

Religion and Politics

Happy Birthday, Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Today, had Hitler not executed him, Bonhoeffer would have still been dead, but more than likely, roundly celebrated on his 105th birthday. Had he lived, it would have been interesting to see his works, but alas, he didn’t. While some may disagree with his involvement as a spy in World War II, I’m not sure that he would have either, really. I think, as I read him, he felt pressed into it, especially after watching what was happening to his German brothers and sisters, Christian or Jew. Anyway, this is an interview which author Eric Metaxas gave on Bonhoeffer,

Atonement / Theology

Violence in Christian Theology – J. Denny Weaver

Image via Wikipedia In an article that I’ve been holding on to for a while, J. Denny Weaver goes for a non-violent view of the atonement. As my own view is being developed, I like exploring these various views and seeing if there is anything worth gleaning, He begins, The death of Jesus is not needed to satisfy God’s honor. And after debunking Anselm and others, continues, It is not difficult to see why discussion of the relationship of violence and Christianity is controversial.(1) When asked whether Christianity supports violence and is a violent religion, does one answer “Of


A Peace Theological Interaction with Revelation

This was mentioned on Facebook over the weekend, and it looked interesting enough to share. It is a view on Revelation which reflects a pacifist streak of the interpreters. How Should 20th Century Christians Read the Book of Revelation? [Gospel Herald, 1/21/92] The End of the World: Why are We Here? [The Mennonite, 8/6/02] How Does Revelation Speak Today? [The Mennonite, 9/2/08] Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Being Revealed [presented at Compassionate Eschatology Conference, 9/08] Reading the Bible in Light of the Lamb’s War [presented at Compassionate Eschatology Conference, 9/08] The Justice of God in the Book of Revelation [in


Menno Simmons on War and Strife

“The regenerated do not go to war, nor engage in strife. They are children of peace who have beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning forks, and know no war. …Our weapons are not weapons with which cities and countries may be destroyed, walls and gates broken down, and human blood shed in torrents like water. But they are weapons with which the spiritual kingdom of the devil is destroyed. …Christ is our fortress; patience our weapon of defense; the Word of God our sword. …Iron and metal spears and swords we leave to those who,