Monday, December 30, 2013

Meat eating and reducing violence

It looks pretty likely that those involved in factory slaughterhouses are more prone to crimes of violence. This seems to up the ante for peace makers to reduce demand for industrialised meat products. This is best achieved by drastically reducing or eliminating meat consumption. See Nouslife for a longer account and further links.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer by John Dominic Crossan

I think it is worth noting how thoroughly non-violent the message is that Dominic Crossan finds in the Lord's Prayer understood in its context and background. There's food for the imagination of peace-makers' spirituality in this book. Here are some appetisers:


  1. To obtain and possess the kingdoms of the world, with their power and glory, by violent injustice is to worship Satan. To obtain and possess the kingdom, the power, and the glory by nonviolent justice is to worship God. They are, in other words, two ways of establishing our world and controlling our earth.

  2. It is not a request to avoid the “trial” of violence by others against us, but a request to avoid the “temptation” to violence by us against others

  3. Nonviolent justice or violent injustice is the essential choice between God and Satan and their respective kingdoms.

  4. we can name “the last temptation” of the disciples in general and of their leader Peter in particular. It is defensive counter-violence. The disciples must continue in prayer—rather than in sleep—to avoid entering into that ultimate temptation. They must especially avoid being led into that temptation “by God,” that is, for Christ.

  5. In that Abba Prayer the hallowing of God’s name means the coming of God’s kingdom so that God’s eternal will is accomplished “as in heaven so also on earth.” Think again of a two-sided coin: one side of the coin proclaims the divine name, divine kingdom, and divine will; the other side announces enough human food for today, no human debt for tomorrow, and the absence of human violence always.

  6. Is it enough to say—quite correctly—that “love” in the Bible is not just emotional but operational, not just about feeling but about acting?


The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer eBook: John Dominic Crossan: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Something different to remember on Memorial Day

Now that the Guardian is marketing electronically to the USA, there are occasionally Amero-centric articles. And while this one is one such (Memorial Day appears to be intended to be something like our Armistice day, except it's a public holiday).
Something different to remember on Memorial Day, it is worth noting here as this war veteran reflects: "often it takes a different kind of moral and, yes, even physical courage to resist a call to serve your country in a war you believe is a crime, when all your family, friends, teachers and the vast American majority support joining up ... what about those "cowards", "traitors" and "slackers" who don't want to kill other people? They're an odd breed who count among their number such as Muhammad Ali, Mahatma Gandhi, Sergeant York, David Hockney, three US weapon-refusing combat medics who won the medal of honour, and the 27 Israeli air force pilots who refused orders to "track and kill" civilians in Gaza and the West Bank. ... what kind of guts does it take for war objectors, whether they're Quakers, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mennonites or secular, who simply don't want to kill? On this Memorial Day, it might be a time to think about the outcasts who refuse to take life."

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Founder of Christian Peacemaker Teams dies of a heart attack | Ekklesia

Founder of Christian Peacemaker Teams dies of a heart attack | Ekklesia: "'Every one of us is impacted by a dominant culture which insists that military or police force will make things right. Every day, that culture tells us that dirty tricks, usually done in secret, are required for our survival. After all, it’s argued, someone has to do this dirty work. It’s called a noble work and the Blackwater mercenaries are required for the work. It will take an expanding world-wide but grassroots culture reaching beyond national borders to fashion a body of Christian peacemakers to be an effective power to block the guns and be part of transforming each impending tragedy of war. Little by little there will be change.' - Gene Stoltzfus, peacemaker, 1940-2010."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pacifism ... or Nonviolent Activism? - Glocal Christianity

Pacifism ... or Nonviolent Activism? - Glocal Christianity: "'I oftentimes say in public that I'm a pacifist, but I don't like the word for two reasons. One, it's just so passive, and I think Christian nonviolence is very active confrontation with violence. Second, I think the word pacifism sounds like you have a position that is somehow separate from your worship of the crucified Savior. Christian nonviolence is entailed in the very heart of what it means to worship a crucified God. So I don't like the idea that pacifism has some further implication for my belief in Jesus.' - Hauerwas"

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Military Service Doubles Suicide Risk

ScienceDaily: Military Service Doubles Suicide Risk: "The researchers found that veterans were 58% more likely to use a gun to kill themselves than other suicides."

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable Estonia

"If it were established that Russia is behind the attacks, it would be the first known case of one state targeting another by cyber-warfare."
At least it wasn't an attempt at 'hard' cyber-warfare which would involve attempts to cripple infrastructure such as communications, water and power ....
However, I don't think it will be long before somewhere in the world we hear of such going on.
Russia accused of unleashing cyberwar to disable Estonia | Russia | Guardian Unlimited:

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