Steve Harmon – The Myth of Redemptive Violence

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America’s love affair with guns stems from a deeper assumption that it is possible to fight violence with violence.

The Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., has set off spirited debate over the merits of gun-control legislation. As a theologian who thinks that a lively debate within a contested tradition can be a sign of its health — and who thinks this is ultimately a theological issue — I will jump in.

Even if gun-control legislation is ill-conceived or ineffective, as some argue, that shouldn’t mean we ought to reject it. We ought to keep working to make it better-conceived and more effective. True, the assault weapons ban left legal a good number of similar-functioning weapons, but it did ban some, and some is better than none.

The bigger issue is the myth of redemptive violence that undergirds America’s love affair with guns. Continue reading “Steve Harmon – The Myth of Redemptive Violence”

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