FALL 2013 400 COURSE OFFERING
460-01 – Christianity and Peace – BOUMA-PREDIGER – TR – 9:30-10:50
In the Bible the Kingdom of God is sometimes referred to as the Peaceable Kingdom,
and in the history of Christianity pacifists such as Mennonites are members
of the Peace Churches. And yet violence seems to be sanctioned in Scripture
and the theory of the just war has been developed by many theologians within
the Christian tradition. So how is it that Jesus is called the Prince of Peace
and yet those who claim to follow Jesus advocate war? Why did the early church
embrace pacifism and the church of the Middle Ages authorize crusades? In sum,
what does it mean for a Christian to be a peacemaker?
These (and other) important and timely questions will be explored in
this seminar in theology and ethics. We will read and discuss texts on
violence, war, peace, and peacemaking, especially in light of recent
events in the world, e.g., peaceful regime change in Egypt and violent
regime change in Libya, and in light of debates such as just war vs.