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A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace Paperback – June 1, 2014
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“Brian Zahnd fuses his vocation as prophet and pastor into a powerful evocation of the Prince of Peace, Jesus the Peacemaker. … And the writing is simply brilliant — not a dull sentence in the book.”
—Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver
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First: It does not substantively engage the "sanctioned" violence in the biblical text. Allusions are made, and if I were to guess at Zahnd's response to the Canaanite cleansing, David's violence, or the pending eschatological battle (depending on your theological system), it would be: "That's the Old Testament and speculative eschatology, and Christ is the full revelation of God while neither of those is." The fact that I need to guess at his response is indicative of how lacking I found the book in that regard.
Second: Zahnd does not engage other prominent Christian voices that deeply disagreed with the accuracy of Christ-based pacifism. Perhaps the best example is CS Lewis's essay "Why I am not a Pacifist" in The Weight of Glory. It is deeply compassionate and rigorously logical while offering a Christ-compatible view on war. I reread it immediately after finishing Zahnd's book, and the comparison leaves A Farewell to Mars (sadly) decimated.
Third: Zahnd makes many bold statements but comes up short when it matters most. He doesn't accept the label of "pacifist", though it is hard to read the book in any other way.
Fourth: There is a complete lack of a suggested ethical system other than, perhaps, total non-violence.
Summary: The book is well-written and compelling despite the above flaws. Despite my deep respect for Zahnd, however, I deeply and respectfully disagree with his conclusions. My grandfather was the most Christ-loving man I've ever known.Read more ›
Zahnd, pastor of Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri, describes how his thinking changed when he "encountered Jesus in a fresh and new way" and he "began to take the 'words in red' seriously." He repented of his voyeuristic cheerleading during the broadcasts of the events of the first Gulf War, and of his "war prayers and war sermons," particularly after 9/11. It is not unusual to hear theologians and pastors on the theological left decrying war and preaching peace, but Zahnd seems to be otherwise in line with more a conservative, evangelical theological grounding.
The problem he points out is that "the gospel of peace is being obscured by a church that has long been more interested in serving as a chaplain to its host superpower than embarking about the risky path of following Jesus as the Prince of Peace." Christians have tended to overlook, ignore, water down, or outright reject those parts of Jesus' teachings that decry war and violence. Justify our interpretations of the Sermon on the Mount as we might, but "at some point, you have to decide what Jesus did mean with his kingdom imperatives on nonviolence and enemy love."
Zahnd makes a convincing case, forcing any follower of Jesus and believer in the Bible to carefully consider what he says.Read more ›
To start with, I disagree with some of the basic theological premises of eschatology, but I am open to various views (Amillennial, Postmillennial, Premillennial, Preterist), and hope that this doesn't taint my review.
First the good points:
1) I agree with Mr. Zahndr's view that God doesn't have his favorite nations. America is not given a special place in God's heart, anymore that Iran, Iraq, or Nigeria. Christ's Kingdom has not - and never will be - set up by a human government.
2) Mr. Zahnd makes a good case for Jesus being the savior of the world, not just the savior of individuals. The idea here is that Christ's death on the cross was not just about saving people from hell, but also includes the redemption of the entire cosmos.
3) Again, while disagreeing with Mr Zahnd on eschatological views, I agree with him that our focus when studying end time events should not be plagues, judgments and numerical tattoos, but rather the hope of Christ that is redemptive and restorative. As he quotes Thomas Merton in chapter 2, "Eschatology is not an invitation to escape into a private heaven: it is a call to transfigure the evil and stricken world."
4) Chapter 3, "Christ Against the Crowd", was by far my favorite chapter. In this chapter Mr. Zahnd deals with crowd mentalities, and how, in a crowd, the individual often looses his self to the collective.Read more ›
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Brian Zahnd delivers with a challenging message that the evangelical world needs to hear. His view is not popular, but as Zahnd's Mentor once said, "Narrow is the way that... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Benjamin H
This book caused this veteran Christian to look closely at Christ's interaction with First-Century people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John B. Ludwick
Thanks for the book Mr Zahnd. I am looking forward to enjoy it like every body else. Thanks again, and may God bless you and your family.Published 1 month ago by Juan Martinez
Zahnd has some interesting points, but tried too hard in some chapters to make them. Some use of scripture as backup was forced and not quite accurate... And not necessary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D.
Hopefully you're more perceptive than me, but I'm just now discovering a third-way into the book that it's not about Mars Hill church and Mark Driscoll. Bummer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cakes Green
Must read for all Christians, and evangelicals in particular, who are concerned about how their faith has become a "chaplain of empire" instead of the Kingdom of the Prince... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave Messier
Brian gives us a fresh look at what Jesus' life was all about. I would recommend this book to any believer, but especially those who have been in the church for some time and would... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer