A Christian Case for Nonviolence
by Preston Sprinkle
"We need Preston Sprinkle's book because there are too many Christians who haven't given a moment's thought to their own violent use of our glorious Scripture's message of peace by approving and applauding the use of violence to accomplish peace. The contradictions at work are staggering!"
-- Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at North Park Seminary
The bold new book from New York Times best-selling author Preston Sprinkle is a tour de force that tackles the topic of violence and how Christians should respond.
"I wrote this book for people like me: Confessing Christians who are on a quest to understand what the Bible says about warfare and violence, even if it offends our intuition."
"For those who take the Bible seriously this book will do much to move us beyond sentimental pacifism to a scriptural basis for non-violent resistances."—Tony Campolo
"I think that a large portion of the American evangelical church has been seduced, whether knowingly or not, by nationalistic militarism. Yet our inspired Word of God aggressively critiques this very thing."
To learn more about author, teacher and speaker Preston Sprinkle, visit his website here.
The conclusion reached in the new book Fight is clear and cannot be nuanced: the Christian tradition does not make an exception to violence in the case of self-defense.
Both Sprinkle and (Shane) Claiborne want a Jesus-shaped theology and ethics and affirm that Jesus' vision of Shalom applies to the work of nations as well as individuals.
I am not and never have been a pacifist. I believe in self defense. That would seem to put me outside the ideal Mr Sprinkle is advocating. However, I cannot deny that his presentation is compelling.
This is a book that should be read by every evangelical small group in America. If the truths contained within its pages were to be absorbed, the face of culture in the USA would be transformed as Christians took their "fight" to their knees instead of with violent words, weapons, and bumper stickers.
Sprinkle is not afraid to ask ALL the questions about this difficult topic - everything from what did war look like in the ancient world, to should America follow Ancient Israel's war policy, to what about Hitler, to what do you do when someone breaks into your house to kill your family - and he struggles to answer each of them from a Biblical context.