Some Jesus-Centered Voices on Paris: Bruxy, Volf, Merritt, and Smith

I've been hesitant to weigh in, significantly at least, on the Paris attacks and the events that have followed - including the inevitable military counterpunch from France in the form of airstrikes on Syria, and the news of U.S. governors refusing Syrian refugees because of perceived security risks. But I've heard a few voices (amidst the online din) that have stood out for their clarity and Jesus-centeredness, and I wanted to share them here.The day after the attacks, Bruxy Cavey offered … [Read more...]

I Wanted War and I Was Wrong

I remember debating the crunchy telemark ski instructors at the resort where I worked as Snowboard Director.  I had watched the Gulf War on TV and I had watched the Twin Towers fall on TV and it seemed like another one of the former would be a fine and dandy solution to the latter. When Bush got Congress to approve the invasion of Iraq, I wanted war. At that time in my life, I was full - full of ideas culled mainly from conservative talk radio and conservative Reformed theology. I needed to be … [Read more...]

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism." Brian says as much when he clarifies that he doesn't claim the pacifist label at all. He is not a pacifist but a Christian - a follower of Jesus, including Jesus's radical and very political ideas (Ch. 1).In other words, the gospel of peace shouldn't be thought of as some extraneous add-on to Christian identity, best … [Read more...]

War! What is it good for? [Daniel Karistai]

I am a pacifist.What I mean by that is in every conflict I have I make a concerted effort to not respond with violence. What I mean by that is I try to uphold the dignity of the other especially when we are at odds. I understand violence as the most primitive form of dehumanization. When I act violently toward another I not only dehumanize my sense of self (or character) but I also dehumanize the other. This makes it possible to be violent toward the rest of creation as well. If I were to … [Read more...]


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