Archive for the ‘violence’ Category

If God were not angry at injustice and deception and did not make a final end to violence—that God would not be worthy of worship

December 14, 2009

If God were not angry at injustice and deception and did not make a final end to violence—that God would not be worthy of worship…. The only means of prohibiting all recourse to violence by ourselves is to insist that violence is legitimate only it comes from God… My thesis that the practice of non-violence requires a belief in divine vengeance will be unpopular with many… in the West…. [But] it takes the quiet of a suburban home for the birth of the thesis that human non-violence [results from the belief in] God’s refusal to judge. In a sun-scorched land, soaked in the blood of the innocent, it will invariably die… [with] other pleasant captivities of the liberal mind.

Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon, 1996), pp. 303-04.

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The way to stop violence in America is to stop spanking children

November 15, 2009

The way to stop violence in America is to stop spanking children. Parental spanking promotes the thesis that violence against others is acceptable. Spanking is the first half-inch on the yardstick of violence. It’s followed by hitting and ultimately by rape, murder and assassination. The modeling behavior that occurs at home sets the stage. ‘I will resort to violence when I don’t know what else to do.

Psychologist Dr. John Valusek, in Dr James Dobson, Raising Children, Kingsway, 1987, p.149

Really?!