In this article, Dennis Linscomb attempts to explain how a pacifist’s interpretation of Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you” is actually incorrect and that such a narrow and literal view is not how it was originally intended to be taken. I do not have space … Continue reading Have We Misunderstood Jesus’ Call to Love Our Enemies?
Name: Craig Fickle Blog/Website: crucifiedpeace.wordpress.com Bible and Theology Q. What are your biggest obstacles to pacifism (Biblically or otherwise) and how have you addressed them? One of my biggest problems at the time of first seriously considering nonviolence was the gruesome violence of the OT. After a bit of research I discovered that there were many … Continue reading Christian Pacifist Questionnaire: Craig Fickle
Name: Michael Rans Blog/Website: Cruciformity Bible and Theology Q. How do you define violence? The intentional use of physical force against a person, group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation. Q. How do you define pacifism? Refraining from the intentional use … Continue reading Christian Pacifist Questionnaire: Michael Rans
Name: Sean Blog/Website: http://www.blacksocialists.us Bible and Theology Q. How do you define violence? Violence has a moral definition as well as a physical one. Physically, violence simply refers to the use of force to inflict bodily harm or cause death. Morally, violence refers to a state of being, individually or socially, in which the … Continue reading Christian Pacifist Questionnaire: Sean
Name: Derek Kreider Website: https://www.dckreider.com/ Bible and Theology Q. What are your biggest obstacles to pacifism (Biblically or otherwise) and how have you addressed them? The Old Testament texts where you can’t escape God’s commands for violence are difficult. I think just about everything else can be explained very consistently, but there are … Continue reading Christian Pacifist Questionnaire: Derek Kreider
Lactantius was a famous teacher of Latin rhetoric who was known to be incredibly elegant. He converted to Christianity late in life and wrote so elegantly that he has been dubbed a “Christian Cicero”. He became the first advisor to Constantine, the first Christian emperor. His most important work is The Divine Institutes which is the … Continue reading Christian Pacifists: Lactantius
Jesus came proclaiming that the Kingdom of God was here. He knew it was, because he himself was living in it. While the rules of the earthly kingdoms are selfishness (however cleverly disguised), Jesus lived by the rules of gentleness, kindness, self-control, faithfulness, hope, meekness and peacefulness. When we look at Jesus, we get a … Continue reading Entering the Kingdom, Step by Step