Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World
How do we practice reconciliation in a world full of violence? How do we love someone at work who seems hell-bent on sabotaging a successful career? And how do religious people resolve differences when religious interpretations seem to lead to...
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How do we practice reconciliation in a world full of violence? How do we love someone at work who seems hell-bent on sabotaging a successful career? And how do religious people resolve differences when religious interpretations seem to lead to righteous indignation rather than reconciliation? We practice reconciliation, according to Michael Battle, by affirming that God is present and acting on that belief, even in the midst of something that looks more like the devil's work. Battle, who worked with Desmond Tutu in South Africa in the past, draws on his knowledge of biblical texts, as well as contemporary scholarship, to examine the ways in which each of us can practice being reconciling people.
MICHAEL BATTLE is a seminary administrator, professor (Associate Professor of Theology Virginia Theological Seminary, 2005-present), priest, writer, speaker and retreat leader. His ministry covers the globe and focuses on Christian non-violence, human spirituality, and African Church studies. He was an advisor to Bishop Desmond Tutu.Michael has written out of his studies and friendship with Desmond Tutu, including such books as Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu, The Wisdom of Desmond Tutu, Blessed Are The Peacemakers: A Christian Spirituality of Nonviolence, is out now with Mercer University Press. This book wrestles with how Christian practices of nonviolence are often neglected, and makes explicit connections between Mahatma Gandhi and Christian spirituality.Recent books include a project co-written with Tony Campolo entitled: The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation, Practicing Reconciliation in a Violent World, and The Black Church in America: African American Spirituality.His forthcoming books will be Heaven on Earth (Cambridge, MA: Cowley) and Desmond Tutu: South African Confessor (Louisville: Westminster John Knox).
- 1. Reconciling A Violent World; 2. A Typology Of Reconciliation; 3. Inhabiting Reconciliation; 4. Crossing The Threshold Of Reconciliation; 5. Remembering God; 6. Practicing God's Ways; 7. Reconciliation As God's Apocalypse; 8. A New Heaven And Earth.