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By Ronald E. Osborn

ISBN-10: 1498212204

ISBN-13: 9781498212205

ISBN-10: 1606089625

ISBN-13: 9781606089620

"This publication is a bracing learn for an individual attempting to make experience of Christian witness in a violent global. Osborn levels either generally and deeply, connecting insights from theology, historical past, literature, and political technological know-how in startling and creative methods. He exhibits how violence creates its personal momentum, and gives a variety of assets for countering that momentum. an individual drawn to dwelling creatively in a damaging international will make the most of this booklet. it's the form of booklet that has the facility to rework lives." (William T. Cavanaugh, writer of The delusion of spiritual Violence)

"In analyzing Osborn you can't aid yet imagine, 'He should be kidding. He should be placing us directly to recommend there's a connection among anarchy and that type of Christianity known as Adventist.' yet he's not kidding. fairly he has written a publication of energetic essays to remind us dedication to peace is a problem to any order in line with violence. It was once the Adventists, of their early formations, who reminded us dedication to peace can't stay away from difficult orders according to violence; that peace calls for a unique form of order altogether. it is a name to the church to be that group in keeping with the order of Christ's peace." (Stanley Hauerwas, writer of War and the yankee Difference)

"The Christianity of the yank Empire has not just come to simply accept the normalization of violence; it usually celebrates it.  How desperately American Christians desire the willing insights concerning the demonic dynamics of strength and violence that Ronald Osborn displays in those essays." (Greg Boyd, writer of The fantasy of a Christian Nation)

"This selection of provocative essays on theological and political ethics, with unique recognition paid to pacifism, battle, and violence, crackles with energy.  Osborn deals a trenchant critique of the industrial-military complicated within the united states. What his discussion companions have in universal is the easy fact that conflict is insanity. as soon as the good judgment of war is unleashed, even perhaps for strong purposes, it breaks the limits of all makes an attempt to curtail, channel, and regulate it, a incontrovertible fact that calls into query even the noble culture of 'Just War.'" (Religious stories Review)

"Rich in material and argument.  there's a stringency in Osborn's considering that's prophetic and freeing.  The chapters fluctuate in size and topic and are, with out exception, personal--that is, by no means mere educational exercises.  They show Osborn's highbrow and religious engagement with all of the themes he treats. A Bannerman Fellow in foreign stories on the college of Southern California, he has the abilities and readability of brain this type of place calls for.  Each of the essays during this publication offers with how a modern Christian could wish to answer a scenario of uncooked evil. Osborn's remedy of Bonhoeffer's pacifism is invaluable of the complexity the German theologian/resister confronted within the apocalyptic days of the 3rd Reich. There aren't any effortless solutions to this or any of the problems Osborn increases touching on religion, warfare, and the brain of God--and no effortless solutions are provided. quite, he faces those matters with such candor the reader can be challenged to aim to do likewise." (Patrick Jordan, Commonweal Magazine)

"Osborn's robust and relocating essays lay out profound social and political results of following Jesus, particularly the Christian calling to be peacemakers.  He examines the moralizing and non secular language used to shield violent American imperialism, the warfare in Vietnam and the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, contrasting the language that justifies violence with the Christian message of affection, peace, and reconciliation.  His writing has the readability and imaginative and prescient of an previous testomony prophet like Amos, or modern prophets like Jacques Ellul and Bob Ekblad." (Kurt Armstrong, writer of Why Love Will continually Be a terrible Investment)

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