The Crusades, the conquest of the Americas, U.S. slavery, the Jewish Holocaust...Mention of these events evokes a variety of responses from Christians, including guilt, defensiveness, and bewilderment. Given such a tangled historical relationship to aggression and injustice, how can Christians answer those who argue that our faith is inherently violent or that Christian doctrines inevitably lead to sacrifice, conquest, and war?
In Must Christianity Be Violent?, editors Alan Jacobs and Kenneth Chase have gathered pointed essays that provide specific responses to these arguments. Divided into "histories," "practices," and "theologies," the essays explore the historical causes of Christian violence, advocate the need for an uncompromised biblical theology, and discuss practices that promote what one contributor calls "just peacemaking."
The volume includes expert analysis by historical and theological luminaries, such as Mark Noll on why Christians have done more good than harm; Kenneth Chase on the theological commitments necessary for the "humility of peace"; Richard Mouw on the atonement; Stanley Hauerwas on Christian nonviolence; and John Milbank on the dangers of violence and spectatorship.
This timely collection will appeal to readers of Christian history, ethics, and theology, and those who want to better understand the specifically Christian response to violence and cultivation of peace.
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