Thursday, 22 August 2013

War, Violence and Imagination

I once heard Stanley Hauerwas say, 'The reason I'm a pacifist is because I'm a violent son of a bitch.'

We rarely recognise within ourselves how filled with hate, resentment and violence we are.  Yet when we try and imagine alternatives to violence we struggle to move with the Wind of the Spirit in His creativity in bringing beauty out of chaos.

So as we look at the media reports of Syria, Egypt or at home we do not see any other alternative than violent ways of dealing with the oppression, injustice and murder of innocents.

The UK and USA have deep messianic complex whereby they often believe that they can ride in on their white rockets, slay the oppressor and release the prisoners leaving a trail of bloodied corpses, bullet shells and 'democracy' of freedom.

And many of us consign ourselves to

Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Most Violent Century in History

'At the meridian of the 'Enlightenment', the hope of many was that a world freed from the burden of 'superstition' and 'priestcraft' would evolve into a rational society, capable of ordering itself peacefully, harmoniously and wisely.  Even in the 19th century, when unbelief was often prompted by a somewhat darker view of human nature, the 'progressive' view was still that a secular society, purged of the pernicious influences of religion by the cleansing gales of scientific reason, would by its nature prove to be more just, peaceful and humane that the 'Age of Faith' had been.

And yet, by the end of the 20th century, wars had been waged on a scale never before imagined, and a number of Utopian, strictly secularist ideologies - each in its own way