Hauerwas om 9/11

Elof skriver:

I en längre artikel på Religion and Ethics skriver en av mina favorit teologer en reflektion om 10 år sen 11 september. Här följer lite utdrag ur den texten för er som inte orkar läsa hela.

So I am not asking Christians to work to create a world free of war. The world has already been saved from war. The question is how Christians can and should live in a world of war as a people who believe that war has been abolished….

My claim that Christians are called to live nonviolently not because we think nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but rather because as faithful followers of Christ in a world of war we cannot imagine not living nonviolently,…

That Christians believe we are what the world can be means we can act in the hope that the world can and will positively respond to a witness of peace. That witness begins with Christians refusing to kill one another in the name of lesser loyalties and goods.
Such a refusal creates the necessity for Christians to imagine what it might mean to live in a world in which war has been abolished. That is no easy task given the way war shapes our habits of speech, the fundamental explanatory accounts of the way things are, and the way we see the world….

John Howard Yoder observes that to imagine a world in which war has been abolished requires that we live in a community that celebrates and shares a language that helps us see an alternative world….

But in the cross of Christ, the Father has forever ended our attempts to sacrifices to satisfy God. We (that is, we Christians) have now been incorporated into Christ’s sacrifice for the world so that the world no longer needs to make sacrifices for tribe or state, or even humanity….

This is why, if Christians leave the Eucharistic table ready to kill one another, we not only eat and drink judgment on ourselves, but we rob the world of the witness necessary for the world to know there is an alternative to the sacrifices of war.


DN: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Dagen: 1. SvD: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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