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

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

Do not envy the violent

The book of Proverbs cautions against envying the violent. But we live in a society that glorifies violence, that sees it as entertaining even. It is hard not to follow in their ways. It is easy to sit in judgment on cultures like that of the Romans, saying that they were barbaric in their gladiator … Continue reading Do not envy the violent

Why did Jesus tell the disciples to buy swords?

Every time there is a mass shooting in America and a cry goes out for gun law reform, I invariably hear someone citing Jesus' instruction to buy swords in Luke 22:35-38 as justification for violent self defence and legislative inaction. Interpreting it as such is problematic though. Consider: what did Jesus say the two swords were "enough" for? … Continue reading Why did Jesus tell the disciples to buy swords?

How can one death make any difference?

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29) When we consider the blood spilled every day in the wars that rage across the surface of the earth, it is difficult to comprehend how one more death can … Continue reading How can one death make any difference?

Would you kill anyone for your religion?

"Suppose we apply an empirical test to the question of absolutism. Absolute is itself a vague term, but in the religion-and-violence arguments, it appears to indicate the tendency to take something so seriously that violence results. An empirically testable definition of absolute, then, might be “that for which one is willing to kill.” This test … Continue reading Would you kill anyone for your religion?

Wahhabism: A Concern for both Christians and Muslims

I recently commented to some Muslims that it "sounds like the Wahhabis are a thorn in the side of Islam the same way Westboro Batpist and other hate movements are a thorn in the side of Christianity." One replied, "Imagine what it would be like if Westboro had several trillion dollars worth of oil, their … Continue reading Wahhabism: A Concern for both Christians and Muslims