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Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence Paperback – August 1, 2013
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So, what does the Bible have to say about violence? The authors start in the Old Testament. At the creation there was no violence, just shalom. Sin invaded and brought violence with it, leading up to Cain killing his brother. However, Genesis promotes peace and discourages violence. The Old Testament laws do sanction violence as punishment for crimes, but, according to the authors, the laws were far more humane than those of other cultures.
The authors encounter a greater difficulty in discussing the slaughter of the Canaanites, for example where God commands Israel to save alive nothing that breathes. One argument is that what God ordered the Israelites to do was a "moral improvement" upon the actions of surrounding nations. Another argument is that the Bible exaggerates when it describes the extent of the actual slaughter.
I personally did not find the authors' arguments about Old Testament violence very convincing. I think they would have been on better ground if they had started with the New Testament. Regardless of what God may have ordered Israel to do in Old Testament times, the case for Christians taking part in war today becomes harder to sustain when confronted with the teachings of Jesus.
This is a timely, entertaining, thought-provoking and controversy-inspiring book.Read more ›
First, the forward by Shane Claiborne was almost enough to make me not read the rest of the book. Maybe that's just me, but I find Claiborne pretentious. His tone in the forward is much more condescending than the respectful and weighted tone of the author.
The author tackles the subject from a biblical theology/chronological approach, which, while capturing the arc of the ultimate plot better, makes the book unnecessarily long at times. Sprinkle begins by stating that war, violence and killing were not part of the original plan of God. This is something that any Christian ought to be able to agree with, whether an advocate of nonviolence or just war theory. Death is a result of the fall. Period. However, he goes on to attempt to minimize just about every occurrence of violence in the OT. Some of the explanations are valid and serve to underscore the purpose of the law of Moses as restraining the sinful tendency of man, rather than stating an ideal (this much is true).Read more ›
I grew up in an Anabaptist Mennonite congregation that celebrated pacifism, a term Sprinkle disengages throughout the book. So when I heard rumors floating around Eternity Bible College--the school I attend and the one Sprinkle teaches at--of Preston writing a book on nonviolence, I was thoroughly intrigued. My interest multiplied when I heard Eternity graduate, teacher, aspiring scholar and friend, Andrew Rillera, was contributing his skills to the book. I was further blessed in receiving an early advance of the book before its official release date on August 1st, although I've heard the book already found its way into a few local bookstores.Read more ›
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For years I have been wrestling with the issue of violence. The Sermon on the Mount and the entire tenor of the New Testament seem to be contrary to our American thinking when it... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Matt
I have read this book, and now shared it with two different friends in ministry. Coming into this book we are were on different spectrums as it pertains to what we believe about... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mitchell Green
This well written book is a must read for anyone with a desire to understand the Christian non-violence perspective. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joshua Smith
Such an amazing book on the topic. Preston, being such an intelligent man, does research for and against his argument for nonviolence to make sure every corner is covered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by andyroo
This was a well-written and very troubling read. You might find yourself in conflict with the author's thoughts, as did I, but maybe that is because it's the way Christ wants you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by coywolf
This book is one of the best books I have ever read on non-violence. The writing is clear and when a technical term is used, the text will explain it in every day English. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ronald Harrell
The most comprehensive and well-researched case for Christian non-violence that I've ever read. The point the author continuously makes is that it's all about following in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alejandra
A must-read for anyone who wishes to better understand the Kingdom of Heaven and the power of non-resistance. Western 'Christianity' is often not Christian at all... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathaniel Gingrich