The Myth of Redemptive Violence

Check out Shane Claiborne’s excellent piece on the problem of violence posted yesterday on Huffington Post. Money quote:

“Christian theologians have said Jesus teaches a ‘third way’ to interact with evil. We see a Jesus who abhors both passivity and violence and teaches us a new way forward that is neither submission nor assault, neither fight nor flight. He shows us a way to oppose evil without mirroring it, where oppressors can be resisted without being emulated and neutralized without being destroyed.”

If you’re interested in exploring this subject further, Greg has also written some articles and Q&As on the subject of Christian non-violence.

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