The Folly of the Cross
One of the nice things about the community of theology blogs is that one doesn’t have to do everything oneself. I have written often on Christian nonviolence, but I have not, on this blog, ever tried to lay out a consistent case for the position. Fortunately, an excellent case is made by D.C. Cramer on his blog, Cramer Comments.
Here is a link to most of his series, “The Folly of the Cross: On Christian Pacifism.” Note that he covers topics that often come up as objections, including the question of policing and that of (violent) defense of family against attackers. He promises more to come, including chapters on the question of pacifism and the Old Testament, family members in the military, the Nazis and more. I hope he includes a chapter on nonviolent responses to terrorism. (If not, I will have to do so myself, I guess. Fortunately, far more has been written on this recently than when I became a pacifist in the ’80s.) Given his conservative evangelical background, I suspect that Cramer and I disagree on several things (Christian pacifism comes in many varieties), but I like what he has written here and recommend it to you, Gentle Readers, whether you share my pacifist convictions or are one of my critics on this matter.
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