Century Marks

Taking Jesus seriously: Michael Utzinger, a religion professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, was once asked at a job interview for an academic position whether he was a Christian. When he said yes, the follow-up question was whether he was willing to kill in the name of Christ. The interrogator, a historian, seemed to assume that if someone truly believed in his faith, he would be duty bound to spread that faith by any means necessary, including violence. Utzinger told the interviewer that he actually tries to follow what Jesus had to say: “Blessed are the peacemakers” and “Do not repay evil with evil” (Cresset, Michaelmas).

 

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