about a religion is a dangerous thing. A generalization that had seemed safe
was that Buddhism is a peaceful religion. It's all about compassion, isn't
it—about renouncing desire and learning to empty yourself?
The promise of Isaiah 65 is that God is doing a new thing. There will be a new creation: a new heaven and a new earth. In this new dispensation things are going to change big time. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” No longer must one consume another to survive in this new world.
Why aren’t we talking about guns? A week before Easter, three Pittsburgh police officers were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. Apparently they were met by a 22-year-old man wearing a bullet-proof vest and armed with several guns, including an AK-47 assault rifle.
Every year we preachers eagerly look for help with the daunting challenge of preparing an Easter sermon. Never are we as acutely aware of our own limitations, intellectual and spiritual, as when we try to find words to express the reality that a dead man didn’t remain dead.
Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Criminal violence, like the murder of a retired Presbyterian missionary and her daughter during a carjacking in Kenya, is claiming many more lives than warfare, lamented Samuel Kobia, the head of the World Council of Churches.
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us
Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
The Nonviolent Atonement
by Denny J. Weaver
The Glory of the Atonement: Biblical, Historical and Practical Perspectives
Roger R. Nicole, Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James, eds.
Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience
JoAnne Marie Terrell
King, Priest and Prophet: A Trinitarian Theology of Atonement
Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus
Stephen J. Patterson
Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition
Religion may be killing us. The good news is that in our post-9/11 world there is a widespread concern about religion and violence. A December 2003 Minnesota poll, for example, showed that 77 percent of respondents attributed a fair amount of the cause of the world’s wars and conflicts to religion.
Many intellectuals associate religion—and Christianity in particular—with violence. Hence they argue that the less religion we have the better off we will be. In an article in the Atlantic, for example, Jonathan Rauch argues that the greatest development in modern religion is “apatheism”—a sense of not caring one way or the other whether God exists.