Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Shalom and monotheism

"The legacy of biblical monotheism is shalom, not violence.

“The intent of this essay is to sort out these two contradictory interpretations. I argue here that the cross along with the resurrection is the centerpiece of the Christian gospel, that its message is fundamentally reconciliation and peace, and that the method for achieving reconciliation and peace is absorbing the violence. Christians, followers of God’s way, share this message of reconciliation and peace and both advocate and practice nonviolence. Shalom is ultimately possible because of God’s intervention. An alternate title for this essay might be: “The Legacy of Biblical Monotheism: Shalom.”—Elmer Martens in War in the Bible and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century, page 33.

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