Posts Tagged 'violence'

so here’s a thought,

One of the main components of my Near Eastern studies class (Holy War, Jihad, & Crusade) is the study of violence and the modern relations between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in the world. For our first essay, (read: I have not turned in an essay since freshman writing seminar. eek!) we can choose two prompts:

1. Arguing that monotheism does or does not lead to violence within Christianity, Islam, and/or Judaism, OR

2. The presence of apocalyptic thinking in each of the three religions.

The first prompt has really caught my eye, and originally I wanted to do it for Christianity,… however, when I thought more about it, I realized all of my points were that our monotheism (aka, Christianity) DOES lead to violence. Not in a, God commandeth us to do so kind of way, but in a, humans are so inherently sinful that we resort to violence.

Which leads to questions of, is there justified violence? Do we see that post-Jesus, or is it only a characteristic of the Old Testament?

Is so,… are there justifiable wars?