If Jesus is Lord: Loving Our Enemies in An Age of Violence
:What does Jesus have to say about violence, just war, and killing? Does Jesus ever want his disciples to kill in order to resist evil and promote peace and justice? This book by noted theologian and bestselling author Ronald...
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:What does Jesus have to say about violence, just war, and killing? Does Jesus ever want his disciples to kill in order to resist evil and promote peace and justice?
This book by noted theologian and bestselling author Ronald J. Sider provides a career capstone statement on biblical peacemaking. Sider makes a strong case for the view that Jesus calls his disciples to love, and never kill, their enemies. He explains that there are never only two options: to kill or to do nothing in the face of tyranny and brutality. There is always a third possibility: vigorous, nonviolent resistance. If we believe that Jesus is Lord, then we disobey him when we set aside what he taught about killing and ignore his command to love our enemies.
This thorough, comprehensive treatment of a topic of perennial concern vigorously engages with the just war tradition and issues a challenge to all Christians, especially evangelicals, to engage in biblical peacemaking.
Ronald J. Sider (PhD. (History): Yale University) is the president of Evangelicals for Social Action and professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the well-received The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience, Just Generosity, Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?; Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospeland the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.
- :<b>contents<br></b>foreword By Stanley Hauerwas<br>introduction<br>1. Jesus's Gospel<br>2. Jesus's Actions<br>3. Jesus's Teaching In The Sermon On The Mount<br>4. Other Teachings Of Jesus<br>5. Peace In The Rest Of The New Testament<br>6. But What About&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;?<br>7. Foundational Theological Issues<br>8. Problems With Pacifism<br>9. Problems With Just War Thinking<br>10. Jesus And Killing In The Old Testament<br>11. What If Most (or All) Christians Became Pacifists?<br>12. Nonviolence And The Atonement<br>13. Christians And Killing In Church History<br>14. If Jesus Is Lord<br>indexes