Few issues go deeper to the core of Christian conscience and ethics than the subject of nonviolence. In fact, as this book reveals, it ultimately cuts to the very heart of the meaning of Christian salvation.
In answering over a hundred common questions and arguments put forth against nonviolence and nonresistance, Salvation, Violence and Nonviolence explores the underlying, and usually unexamined, assumptions and beliefs that motivate both sides in the conflict. Going far beyond the perspective of a simplistic and fashionable pacifism, the view presented here reveals a conviction tempered by the stark realities of history. The answers presented in this book did not emerge from an attempt to withdraw from history or to become isolated from world events, but from a genuine engagement with the political, economic and social structures that many feel are driving the world toward crisis.
This is a book for those seeking to better understand the relationship humankind has with a transcendent purpose for history and a resolution to the most salient paradoxes concerning the use of violence in both the Old and New Testaments. The questions and answers posed in Salvation, Violence and Nonviolence will help readers to deepen their convictions and may even revolutionize their entire understanding of what it truly means to be in the kingdom of God.
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