Valley of the Shadow of Death

Valley of the Shadow of Death is a photograph by Roger Fenton, taken on April 23, 1855, during the Crimean War. It is one of the most well-known images of war. Fenton observed, "in coming to a ravine called the valley of death, the sight passed all imagination: round shot and shell lay like a … Continue reading Valley of the Shadow of Death

Why war fails as a solution for terrorism

Howard Zinn on terrorism: "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 Why war fails as a solution for terrorism

Thinking Critically About Military Service

I would like to draw your attention to a series of articles by Logan Mehl-Laituri, aimed at helping the Christian movement thinking more critically about faith and service in the days surrounding Veterans Day. Veterans Day is an official United States holiday (coinciding with Remembrance Day) that honours people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Logan … Continue reading Thinking Critically About Military Service

The Four Drones of the Apocalypse

This is a personal creation called "The Four Drones of the Apocalypse". Based on Revelation 6 it symbolises the terrors of war, famine and death; terrors which inevitably follow in the wake of conquerors bent on conquest (the first drone of the apocalypse). The lamb unveils the truth behind the fog of propaganda that conquerors … Continue reading The Four Drones of the Apocalypse

Limits to war in the Old Testament

"When you march up to attack a city, make its people an offer of peace ... This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby. However, in the cities of the nations the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, do … Continue reading Limits to war in the Old Testament

The Co-Existence of Violence and Non-Violence in Hinduism

I have a huge amount of respect for Ghandi, and I imagine many of you reading this have too. But as I have come to understand Hinduism in more depth I have become increasingly aware that Ghandi was not, and is not, universally representative of Hindu ethics. There is an ethical spectrum in Hinduism that is not … Continue reading The Co-Existence of Violence and Non-Violence in Hinduism

War is Peace … at least for this artist

Would you believe the title for this image is "Blessed are the Peacemakers"? The artist, Grant DiCianni, was most miffed when it was removed from an Air Force dining hall because it violated military standards. Shock, horror! Really!!!? According to this source, DiCianni said the painting is promoting the idea of integrity in the service of … Continue reading War is Peace … at least for this artist

Visually Exploring the Warriors of the Old Testament

You may have observed that I have started building a new Christian art gallery here at Curious Christian, focussing on the Warriors of the Bible, especially from the Judges and Kings period. You will find it in my sidebar to the right. Just look for Christian Art | Warriors or click here. Now you may wonder why … Continue reading Visually Exploring the Warriors of the Old Testament

War and Peace: Six Different Responses

It is unfortunate that, when Christian leaders discuss peacemaking versus warmaking at all, they often limit the discussion to comparing Just War doctrine with an ill defined Pacifism as if it were a simple choise between these two options. This is too simplistic by far.  Consider these six alternatives for instance: Total War - War in … Continue reading War and Peace: Six Different Responses

Holy War is not for Everyone

The holy wars of Israel present a major objection to Christianity for many people these days, particularly in the wake of the religious terrorism of 7/11. Now, regular readers would be aware that I interpret scripture Christocentrically, and hence question the discipleship value of any Old Testament interpretation that does not have Christ in view. Nevertheless, … Continue reading Holy War is not for Everyone