March 19, 2015 Wayne Northey

Towards the Cessation of Church Suicide: A Theology of Peace from an Anabaptist Point of View

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This paper was written by Anthony F. Buzzard. I do not recall how I came across it.

It is easier to read it online, because footnotes and text are interlinked. It is also clickable below nonetheless.

An excerpt:

A simple confession underlies this presentation of a theology of peace: I read the New Testament following an invitation to see what the Bible says about the use of nuclear weapons. I found a Jesus in the documents markedly different from the Jesus with whom the Anglican church had nurtured me. It was a Jesus who challenged his would-be followers with a radical demand for obedience: “Why do you address me as ‘lord’ and refuse to do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). He obviously expected the Sermon on the Mount to be taken with utmost seriousness.
Something of this “naive” response to clear orders underlies Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s insistence that:

Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting the Sermon on the Mount or applying it, but doing it and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his word. But again he does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal, he really means us to get on with it.1 [The Cost of Discipleship, New York: Macmillan, 1959, 218-219.]

Please click on: Towards the Cessation of Church Suicide

Wayne Northey

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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