CS Lewis – The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

(Thanks to Daniela Lunga for the link)

Observation: It is interesting to see reflections of the Girardian scapegoat theory, even if probably Lewis was not aware of it.

Mercy, detached from justice, grows unmerciful. An illustration explaining a theory of Crime and Punishment that C.S Lewis described as ‘a man-eating weed’. Notes below in video description. Continue reading “CS Lewis – The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”

An Interview with John Perkins – On Ferguson

John Perkins

Dr. John Perkins is an 84-year-old Christian civil rights leader, author, and founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) that I had the privilege meeting a few years ago at Duke University.

Here is the beginning of an interview he gave recently to Amy Julia Becker, from Christianity Today, on the racial killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, near St. Louis, in Missouri.

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In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, how should Christians respond?

For years we have been tiptoeing around trying to work out a human response to biblical reconciliation. I don’t know enough about this incident to speak to it directly, but I know that how we act shows that we haven’t developed an understanding of reconciliation that is tough enough to deal with these incidents. We need a biblical response, not a human response. Continue reading “An Interview with John Perkins – On Ferguson”

Clint Smith – The Danger of Silence

“We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t,” says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

 

(In)Justice in Jesus’s Name (RJS)

(In)Justice in Jesus’s Name (RJS).

A tough matter, that most Christians tend to ignore or belittle (feeling it is minor and, anyway, these injustices were not done by TRUE Christians – whatever their definition of being a Christian is):

‘Martin Bashir after quoting Christopher Hitchens puts it like this in the Veritas Forum interview at Columbia.

The behavior of so-called Christians, followers of Christ, has been so reprehensible over the centuries that it in and of itself denies the very existence of this God of love you talk about in your book. How do you respond to that?

This isn’t a small problem. In fact Keller admits that this is the greatest argument against the truth of Christianity.’

Liberty and Justice « Arthurdobrin’s Weblog

Liberty and Justice « Arthurdobrin’s Weblog.

Am interesting blog post to read and and interesting blog to browse.

What Kind of Christians We Need Today

oscar-romero

Oscar Romero, Catholic Archbishop of San Salvador, assasinated on 24 March 1980 by a right wing group, because he spoke on behalf of the poor and the opressed. He was declared “Servant of God” by Pope John Paul II.

The need today is for Christians who are active and critical, who don’t accept situations without analyzing them inwardly and deeply. We no longer want masses of people like those who have been trifled with for so long. We want persons like fruitful fig trees, who can say yes to justice and no to injustice and can make use of the precious gift of life, regardless of the circumstances.

(Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love)