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Nonviolence

It is often expressed that the nature of the church is spiritual, not political. Jesus, the Savior of the world, is primarily, if not exclusively, interested in the salvation of souls. However, when this assumption is tested in the face of tragedy, we are left with a shallow gospel that is unable to speak hope […] Read More

It’s almost too much these days to even turn on the television news, open the morning paper or log on to a news website. Most of us are on edge and we can’t handle another bad news story. The Boston Marathon bombing. The kidnapped trio of women in Cleveland. The Mother’s Day parade shooting in […] Read More

The heart of Jesus’ message is the desire for peace. At one level, Jesus called people to follow him as a path to finding peace with God. Yet, at a more experiential level, Jesus called people to be at peace with one another. Indeed, in the Sermon on the Mount we find one of Jesus’ […] Read More

Shane Claiborne was not a headline speaker at the Greenbelt Festival in England last month. However, when he appeared as part of a panel on new monasticism, the small, Methodist-hosted venue had to turn away hundreds. Claiborne’s books have had a profound effect, particularly on a younger generation of what he likes to call “ordinary […] Read More

The 30th anniversary of the GreenhamCommonWomen’sPeaceCamp in Berkshire, England, which irritated the military and political establishment from 1981 until 2000 – though the last missiles left in 1992 – was appropriately observed with newspaper articles and TV news features. Whatever one may have thought of the policies they were advocating, the moral seriousness of the […] Read More

Editor’s note: EthicsDaily.com has been carrying columns by Jim Evans since the site launched in 2002. We originally carried a version of the column below in April 2006. We run this column now as it is as relevant as ever. I confess that I do have a political interest in religious issues, and a religious […] Read More

The heart of Jesus’ message is the desire for peace. At one level, Jesus called people to follow him as a path to finding peace with God. Yet, at a more experiential level, Jesus called people to be at peace with one another. Indeed, in the Sermon on the Mount we find one of Jesus’ […] Read More

I read a tough passage from Psalms recently, at least for those of us who believe that faith calls us to nonviolence, love, reconciliation and unity. Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind […] Read More

In 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the opening day of its annual session would be recognized as International Peace Day. Twenty years later, in 2001, the assembly determined that Sept. 21 of each year would be known as International Peace Day. On Monday, the U.N. once again observed International Peace […] Read More

In his parables, Jesus often compared the Kingdom of God — the realm over which God’s ethics are allowed to rule and reign — to something quite insignificant.   The Kingdom of God is like a farmer sowing seed in the soil (Mark 4:26-29). The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed (Luke 13:18-19). […] Read More