Thursday, July 10, 2014

Don't settle for less

Niebuhr rejects pacifism because he believes it is impossible, unrealistic, and, in a vicious world, even harmful. When Niebuhr says that the principle of the sanctity of life cannot be held absolutely, he moves to rationalize not an ethic oriented toward peace, which might be recognized in classic justified war thinking, but supports instead a seemingly endless cycle of armaments deterring armaments and wars opposing wars...Bonhoeffer always interpreted his world through the (un)realistic apocalypse of Christ. In this way he sought to continue apprehending reality anew...Bonhoeffer expected more of the church and demanded more of himself.—Bonhoeffer the Assassin?, pages 218-219

<idle musing>
We settle for less than the impossible because we don't really believe God can do more... We live in an antisupernatural society and we have been drinking the waters so long we've forgotten there is a supernatural aspect to life.
</idle musing>

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