Violence can’t murder murder

Martin Luther King once said, "Violence may murder the murderer, but it doesn't murder murder. Violence may murder the liar, but it doesn't murder lies; it doesn't establish truth.... Violence may go to the point of murdering the hater, but it doesn't murder hate. It may increase hate. It is always a descending spiral leading … Continue reading Violence can’t murder murder

Conflict resolution as a Christian practice

It strikes me that a lot of the practical matters discussed in the New Testament letters are about conflict resolution in one way or another. The letters might be addressing: social conflict (reconciling divisions, enduring persecution, loving one another, practicing hospitality), sexual conflict (infidelity, care within marriage), financial conflict (lawsuits, freeloading, giving generously), verbal conflict … Continue reading Conflict resolution as a Christian practice

The Jesus of the left and of the right

I have previously suggested that the Christological controversies of the past live on in modern politics, that many right-leaning Christians seem to have Docetic tendencies (emphasizing the divinity of Jesus at times to the neglect of his humanity), whilst many left leaning Christians seem to have Arian tendencies (emphasizing the humanity of Jesus at times … Continue reading The Jesus of the left and of the right

Anti-semitism is UnChristian

Christian anti-semitism makes no sense, as not only was Jesus Jewish, so too were the vast majority of the earliest Christians, including the bulk of the New Testament writers. Whether anti-semites realise it or not, thosen who maintain prejudices against Jews maintain prejudices against Jesus, Peter, Paul, Mary, John, Mark, Matthew, James, and many more … Continue reading Anti-semitism is UnChristian

War is not a solution for terrorism

Howard Zinn once observed, "If a bomb is deliberately dropped on a house or a vehicle on the grounds that a "suspected terrorist" is inside . . . , the resulting deaths of women and children may not be intentional. But neither are they accidental. The proper description is "inevitable." So if an action will … Continue reading War is not a solution for terrorism

Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, once observed, "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on … Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

Gun worship

Gun bless America

I have gathered here a collection of comics and other images that challenge gun worship. Alan Redpath, a well-known British pastor and author, once defined idolatry this way: “Our god is the thing we think is the most precious. For whom we would make the most sacrifice. Who moves our hearts with the warmest love. … Continue reading Gun bless America