So I’m going to be writing 15,000 words on pacifism, and attempting to develop an evangelical argument.
For those of us who have studied at Moore College, we have had Michael Hill (often via Andrew Cameron) drill into us that the first step in thinking about any ethical issue is to understand the biblical theology. That is, we need to look at the different things that the Bible seems to say about the topic within the framework of the biblical story arc from Creation to New Creation.
So, for the next few weeks, we will be going through the biblical story and observing how major themes revolving around war arise, and how they fit into God’s great plan.
Our first stop, naturally, is creation. it is quite obvious that neither war nor violence existed in the garden before the fall. There are many theological observations that can be made from this, but most would be premature. Clearly though, before sin, God’s creation operated without violence (or, indeed, any form of death), and without the need for self defence.
Next stop, the Fall…