Read this blog about Tucson & the myth of redemptive violence.
The fifth response on the blog is mine:
Rev. Durrell Watkins, M.A., M.Div., D.Min. said...
"I appreciate the challenge that violence cannot lead to healing, peace (salvation!). Until we unpack our atonement theologies, many in the Christian tradition will continue to worship violence by insisting that Jesus' brutal execution was divinely ordained and redemptive. If we attribute violence to God and celebrate it (drowning the Egyptian army, demanding the willingness to sacrifice Issac, requiring the slaughter of Jesus to redeem humanity, etc.), then how can we ever hope to be less violent that the One in whose image we are created. When we let our God be one that does't delight in violence, maybe we will find ourselves being a little less violent as well."
January 14, 2011 9:54 AM