I. THE PROBLEM: Jesus says to turn the other cheek. [See a summary of this post.] Is it ever...Read More
Jesus did NOT tell his oppressed hearers not to resist evil. That would have been absurd. His entire ministry is utterly at odds with such a preposterous idea. – Walter Wink I. THE PROBLEM: Jesus said to “turn the...Read More
Algeria We watched the documentary-style classic The Battle of Algiers for the first time the other night. After 130 years of being the colonial rulers in Algeria, in 1957 the French became targets of a sudden and violent...Read More
These quotes are mostly from these books: Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way and When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation and the Healing of Nations, both by Walter Wink. The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster [Our Lamb Has...Read More
“Love of enemies has, for our time, become the litmus test of authentic Christian faith …. Love of enemies is the recognition that the enemy, too, is a child of God.” The author of those lines was writing about...Read More
One incident often comes up in discussions of Jesus and the generally non-violent flavor of his teaching – the time (or two) when he overthrew money-changer’s tables in the temple compound in Jerusalem. [Matthew...Read More
The Importance of ‘Spirit’ This may be a little dense, or ‘meaty’, but I think it’s important to deal with these ideas. So thanks in advance for your time – whether you end up agreeing entirely with my take or...Read More
Since our hate is usually a direct response to an evil done to us, our hate almost invariably causes us to respond in the terms laid down by the enemy.