Author: Gordon L. Heath,David K. TarusPublish On: 2017-11-01
The Kenyan Experience
Author: Gordon L. Heath,David K. Tarus
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
How should Christians respond to terrorism and terrorists in their midst? Terrorism is a global problem, and no society on earth faces it alone. The mainly Christian society of Kenya has suffered more than most as it attempts to counter the threat of al-Shabaab. Some pastors have asked for permission to carry guns. Many Christians support government military action, while others recommend pacifist stances, and strive for dialogue and reconciliation with the Muslim community. In this book, ten Kenyan Christian thinkers and practitioners share their experiences and insights. A response section from seven others, including a Kenyan Muslim scholar, enrich the discussion.
How can Christians love their neighbors and their enemies at the same time? What if the enemies are terrorists and tyrants, and the neighbors include the people they terrorize or tyrannize? Can governments be terrorists? Or only individuals? Is there a Golden Rule for nations? These are among the many urgent questions addressed in Loving Without Giving In.
Dr. Koenig whose research on the healing power of faith has been published worldwide, advocates integrating spiritual and mental health into emergency response systems directed at those affected by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and terrorism. He describes the psychological, social and spiritual resopnses to trauma.
Author: Mahmoud Masaeli,Rico SnellerPublish On: 2020-01-02
Sufism and Beyond
Author: Mahmoud Masaeli,Rico Sneller
This book explores how mystical traditions of either Abrahamic or non-Abrahamic religions hold the potential to challenge the discourse of political Islam and its terrorist intentions. It discusses the urgent need to reconsider mystical messages of love and recognition of difference against the poisonous evil of terrorism issuing from religious contexts. Throughout the publication, the editors draw together the main ideas and perspectives surrounding mystical Islam in real life and the practice of mystics alongside illustrating common beliefs and practices of Islamic mysticism. This book analyses the message and impacts of mysticism on the battle against the evil of religious terrorism, whilst examining successful stories and cases against violence and religious terrorism.
Author: William A. Dyrness,Veli-Matti KärkkäinenPublish On: 2009-10-25
A Resource for the Worldwide Church
Author: William A. Dyrness,Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Theological dictionaries are foundational to any theological library. But until now there has been no Global Dictionary of Theology, a theological dictionary that presumes the contribution of the Western tradition but moves beyond it to embrace and explore a full range of global expressions of theology. The Global Dictionary of Theology is inspired by the shift of the center of Christianity from the West to the Global South. But it also reflects the increase in two-way traffic between these two sectors as well as the global awareness that has permeated popular culture to an unprecedented degree. The editorial perspective of the Global Dictionary of Theology is an ecumenical evangelicalism that is receptive to discovering new facets of truth through listening and conversation on a global scale. Thus a distinctive feature of the Global Dictionary of Theology is its conversational approach. Contributors have been called on to write in the spirit of engaging in a larger theological conversation in which alternative views are expected and invited. William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Juan F. Martinez and Simon Chan edit approximately 250 articles written by over 100 contributors representing the global spectrum of theological perspectives. Pastors, theological teachers, theological students and lay Christian leaders will all find the Global Dictionary of Theology to be a resource that unfolds new dimensions and reveals new panoramas of theological perspective and inquiry. Here is a new launching point for doing theology in today's global context.
For decades, the Catholic Church and historical peace churches such as the Mennonites have come together in ecumenical discussions about war and peace. The dividing point has always been between pacifism, the view held by Mennonites and other peace churches, and the just war theory that dominates Catholic thinking on the issue. Given the transformation of global relations over this period?increased interdependency and communication as well as the fall of the Soviet Union, emerging nationalism movements, and the slow development of international courts?the time is right to rethink the Christian response to war.Gerald Schlabach has proposed just policing theory as a way to narrow the gap between just war and pacifist traditions. If the world can address problems of violence through a police model instead of a conventional military model, there may be a role for Christians from all traditions. In this volume, Schlabach presents his theory and has invited a number of scholars representing Catholic, Mennonite, and other traditions to respond to the theory and address a number of key questions: What do we mean by policing?Can policing solve conflicts beyond one?s own borders?How does just policing theory address terrorism?Is international policing possible, and what would it look like?Is just policing a Christian solution that meets the criteria of both traditions?This important volume offers a fresh and meaningful discussion to help Christians of all traditions navigate the difficult questions of how to live in these times of violence and war.?What makes us uncomfortable intellectually as well as practically is usually something that challenges our way of understanding and acting. The uncomfortable feeling is often an indication that creativity is at work in a way that makes us look at what we have ignored. Just Policing, Not War, makes me uncomfortable as a pacifist. But perhaps it is in the creative challenging even of what is dear to me?pacifism?that something new and wonderful can be born. The book is eminently worthwhile precisely in its challenge to the just war and the pacifist traditions.? Rene McGraw?Jane Jacobs, prohibition, and the chaos created by military intrusions in Iraq all remind us that policing can only work when a relatively coherent ?relationality? renders disruptive elements marginal. These essays draw on two complementary sets of religious practices to suggest how an international police action could be shaped as an effective alternative to the invariably counter-productive imposing a ?military solution,? so allowing political and ecclesial analyses to converge towards imagining fresh forms of order.? David Burrell, C.S.C. Hesburgh Professor in Philosophy and Theology University of Notre Dame ?If September 11, 2001 was murder rather than war then we desperately need an account of what just policing might look like. Which means this book is extremely important. For here we have the beginnings of an exploration of what just policing might actually entail not only theoretically but also in practice. Not only are the war/pacifism investigated, but also the institutional questions surrounding international relations as well as what the Church must be if just policing is possible are explored in these essays. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for anyone concerned with issues of war and peace.? Stanley Hauerwas Professor of Theological Ethics Duke University, Divinity School Durham, North Carolina ?In proposing the concept of ?just policing,? this book breaks new ground in the long discussion between Christians committed to pacifism and those utilizing a ?Just War? framework. A focus on policing rather than on war responds to the need for order in society, which both sides would agree is necessary, while at the same time exemplifying the limitations to force that the just war theory calls for. ?Just Policing? also provides a fresh way to conceptualize possible responses in the current struggle against terrorism. Schlabach and his collaborators are to be commended for both their exploration of practical examples, and their underlying commitment to searching for common ground between ?just war? and pacifist Christians. Pacifists will find much to ponder here, as they seek ways to respond to the need for peace and order in the world without using violence.? Judy Zimmerman Herr Co-Director, MCC Peace Office Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA
This Conception is Counter Propaganda For the Media, Theologians, and Politicians. For Christians Who Ostracize Themselves From How Modern Christianity Breeds 100 Times More Terrorism than Islam. For All Faiths Against Terrorism Perpetrated by Killers Believing they will Go To Heaven for Murdering Civilians, All Who Believe Love is Stronger Than Hate, All Who Believe in Equality. For Evolving from My God Verses Your God into God is Love. For Christians A Million Miles Away from Jesus, Helping You Come Back Home: -Love your enemies and Pray for those who Persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.- (Matthew 5:44-45) Defeating Christian Terrorism With Love! Love Starts With Acceptance. Speeches By Popes, Bible Verses, Christian Terrorist Manuals and Testimonies Are All Included, Documenting The Top 10 Categories of How Christianity Breeds Terrorism. In Addition to Permission and Motivation to Terrorize, Some Christians Interpret the Modern Teachings of Christianity to Believe they Have a Duty to Be Terrorists. Responses to Christian Terrorists' Ideology are Included To Exterminate the Hate and Replace it with Love. The Top 10 Ways Christians Kill For Jesus Include: Deicide, Rapture, 100 Virgins, Manifest Destiny, Satanism, Resemblance, Fetuses, and From Having a Guilt Free Conscience Being Already -Saved-, thus Sins Can Be Unlimited and They Assume They Can Still Be In Heaven. Love, as a Focus to Defeat the Christian Terrorists' Hate includes the Top 10 Ways Muslims Love Jesus More Than Christians. Loving the Original Jesus Verses the Contemporary Jesus More is a Core Way to Cure Christian Terrorism. Teaching to Truly Love Jesus Include: Showing How Jesus was actually Saved from the Cross and Clarifying How It's Much More Loving to Believe in Rescue than Resurrection, Consequently Giving Christian Terrorists Accountability Rather Than Lawlessness. 20 years of Propaganda and Comparative Religion research is what makes this book more authoritative and informative than any of it's kind. Our Goal is three fold: Breaking the Media Ban on Reporting Christian Terrorism, Defeating Christian Terrorism, and Opening Dialog Among World Religions from An Equal Platform to Foster Understanding, Peace, and Love. The Anti-Defamation League reports 2015 to Present as being the -Deadliest Time for Domestic Extremist violence in the past 20 years. Over 63 percent of killings levied on Americans were committed by groups that identify with Strong Christian beliefs-. Christian Terrorism Is On the Rise, Consequently, those Who Deny Christian Terrorism Are Also Increasing. Denying Christian Terrorism is Tantamount to Condoning and Enabling Murderers Killing For Jesus. Churches Don't Condemn or Acknowledge Christian Terrorism because of Shame and Embarrassment, like the Catholic church international terrorism towards children by priests. The Catholic Church Spent Decades and Millions Denying and Covering Up Christian Terrorism Against Children By Priests. Despite Being One of the Richest Institutions in the World, The Catholic Church Spent Decades Trying to Avoid Paying Retribution to the Terrorized Children. Christian Terrorism is Also an Inconvenient Truth For non-Catholic Churches Who Compete with Each other to Lower Requirements For Salvation. Churches Sell A Fast Food Style Quick and Easy Heaven to Naive Flocks to Increase Attendance and Tithing; as a Consequence, Breeding More Christian Terrorists. In Both Catholic and Non-Catholic Christian Churches, it's Financially Beneficial to Deny Christian Terrorism and Distance Themselves from the Guilt and Embarrassment. Silence from Nearly All Christian Leaders Shows Church Officials Would Rather Continue to Collect and Keep Money Rather Than Save Lives by Addressing Modern Interpretations of Christianity that Breed Terrorism.
Uniquely relevant to a world shaken by recent acts of terror, this provocative analysis of our culture of violence calls people of faith back to the way of peace that has always been the proper Christian response to aggression. With the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other, Lee Griffith takes a frank look at the historical events and modern forces that contribute to terrorism. This is not a book about small guerrilla bands of terrorists nor about so-called "Islamic terrorists" -- it is a cogent, open-eyed analysis of a "worldwide epidemic of violence. In a discussion that will no doubt be controversial, Griffith argues that terrorism and counter-terrorism are identical phenomena when viewed at the spiritual level. To oppose terrorism with violence acknowledges the terrorist assumption that meaningful change is only possible through suffering and fear. Likewise, terrorism and counter-terrorism both employ similar God language to justify horrendous acts of violence. This is true not only of "rogue states" but also of Western leaders who use religious language on the eve of battle. In response to today's culture of terror, Griffith points the way to a theology of peace. He first looks at specific current events that contribute to terrorism. Next, he mines the history of the church to see how the tradition has responded to violence in the past. Finally, he probes the biblical texts for meaningful answers. The result is a stirring message for our day: rather than serving as an incitement to violence, the biblical concept of "the terror of God" stands as a renunciation of all violence -- and of death itself. Posing a radical faith for radical times, "The War onTerrorism and the Terror of God is sure to generate discussion from every quarter.
In this insightful and look at the practical challenges and possibilities for Christian life in the global age, Schweiker investigates Christianity’s current relevance and discusses how the life of faith can be oriented. Explores the big religious themes of modern life, including religious identity in global times, the role of conscience, integrity, and versions of religious humanism Written by an author who is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading theologians Draws on the work of some prominent contemporary philosophers and theologians to clarify the nature of faith Unique in its appreciation of the ambiguity of religion – in its representations of the highest human achievements as well as the very worst of human actions – using a balanced and engaged approach to discusses contentious theological and intellectual issues