Thursday, October 14, 2010

REFURBISHING THE IDOL OF DEATH


From William Stringfellow's article "How My Mind Has Changed" in A Keeper of the Word

“I am not an ideological pacifist, or, for that matter, an ideological person of any species, but, as with the Berrigans, I am persuaded as a Christian that to resort to violence to topple the idol of death in the state and in society invariably results in the idolatry of death in some refurbished form.  This is, in truth, the central, contemporary, theological issue. It is the point at which ethics and eschatology meet, for if the practice of violence, even in the name of revolution, is hopeless, the practice of nonviolence, even where it seems unavailing, represents a most extraordinary hope.”

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