Chapter 2: Today’s Christians for Violence  in  Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective

Book Chapter by Jacques Ellul

Christians conform to the trend of the moment without introducing into it anything specifically Christian. Attitudes toward the poor, material wants, downgrading the spiritual virtues, presumed sophistication are discussed. Revolutionary aspect of Christianity, a theology of revolution and the fusing of Christianity into the revolution are also given consideration.

Chapter 3: Christian Realism in the Face of Violence  in  Violence: Reflections from a Christian Perspective

Book Chapter by Jacques Ellul

Christian realism demands seeing the facts as they are and grasping them thoroughly, without evasion or illusion, without recoiling in fear or horror as it becomes evident what the result of some trend is likely to be. Christian realism demands that a man understand exactly what he is doing, why he is doing it, and what the results of his doing will be. Idealism, on the other hand, always leads to the adoption of a false and dangerous position in regard to violence.

Guns R Us?

Article by Walter Wink

Book Review: Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture By Michael A. Bellesiles. Knopf 603 pp. In no other industrialized nation in the world are there so many gun deaths as in the United States. In Canada, a country otherwise so similar to the U.S., there were only 68 handgun deaths in 1990 …

Hearing and Healing Hedda Nussbaum – A Reflection on Mark 5:21-43

Article by Liz Leibold McCloskey

Lisa Steinberg lay near death on the cold tile floor in the bathroom of her adopted parents’ Greenwich Village apartment. Hedda Nussbaum waited helplessly for the man she believed could heal Lisa to come and lay his hands on her. Joel Steinberg, Nussbaum’s lover and batterer for 12 years, had already laid his hands on …

Marx and Christ: The Question of Violence

Article by Roberta C. Bondi

Latin America is the scene of what is probably the most lively Marxist-Christian encounter in the world today. In that part of the globe, economic exploitation and political suppression have produced polarized societies in which the privileged few bask in affluence while the disinherited many suffer in privation. Until recently, the dominant Catholic Church did …

Men Behaving Badly

Article by John Dart

“Women are more religious than men.” That’s a longstanding generalization made by pastors surveying their pews and by social scientists surveying the public. Husbands and single guys with other weekend plans might even offer that truism as an excuse for skipping church. Why the gender difference? Old explanations said women were less educated, or cited …

Militias, Christian Identity and the Radical Right

Article by Michael Barkun

The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City opened a window on the previously invisible subculture of militias, survivalists and conspiracy theorists. This radical right-wing subculture has existed for more than a quarter century, and its roots extend back to manifestations of nativism, racism and anti-Semitism earlier in this century. Many of the subculture’s …

The Militarization of the American Rifle

Article by John Hoyt Williams

Although the United States was spared any major assassination attempts during the past year, many Americans, both lawmakers and concerned citizens, are continuing to fight for gun control. The challenge of the Morton Grove, Illinois, no-nonsense handgun law has the National Rifle Association and other influential “pro-gun” groups scrambling for a major counterattack. As usual, …

Torture, Terrorism and Theology: The Need for a Universal Ethic

Article by Max L. Stackhouse

Deciding how to respond to acts of torture and terrorism is one of the critical issues of our time. But sadly, our response is limited by two factors, one ethical and one political. Ethically, we are in an age in which there is grave doubt among theologians, philosophers, jurists and social scientists as to whether …

Violence Undone

Article by James Alison

Your first book was an examination of original sin — not, for most people, a topic connected with joy. But the title of the book is The Joy of Being Wrong. What joy is associated with original sin? It’s the joy of not having to get things right. The doctrine means that we are all …