Church and Violence, Discussion

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This audio recording consists of three different speakers. The first is Bishop Joseph A. Johnson, a professor of New Testament at ITC. Bishop Johnson references the Biblical book of Luke and discusses the topic of conceptual violence. The second speaker is Dr. L. Harold DeWolf. Dr. DeWolf was the dean of Wesley Theological Seminary (1965-1972) as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dissertation advisor. Dr. DeWolf uses the story of the Good Samaritan to illustrate the love of neighbor that Christians should exude despite the violence and turmoil going on all about them. DeWolf discusses alternate methods for dealing with violence and charges Christians to be ministers of reconciliation and not retaliation. The last speaker is Dr. Harvey Seifert, a Methodist minister and professor at Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Seifert describes how to determine how to choose between violent and non-violent means in any particular situation. He reminds the audience to decide wisely because often great threats cause violence to increase.


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