Summary: How can Christians love their neighbors and their enemies at the same time? What if the enemies are terrorists and tyrants, and the neighbors include the people they terrorize or tyrannize? Can governments be terrorists? Or only individuals? Is there a Golden Rule for nations? These are among the many urgent questions addressed in Loving Without Giving In.
Stopping terrorists and bringing down tyrants is a God-given duty for those called to love their neighbors all over the world. Yet fighting violence with violence is counterproductive in the long run and incompatible with loving enemies in the short run. This book draws from Scriptureincluding its contributions to views of holy war and just war as well as pacifismplus the best thinking of peace scholars to analyze the global situation post-9-11.
Comment: "At a time when rampant fear and justified
violence appear to be the primary strategic tools of both
mainstream politics and terrorism, Ron Mock has provided
a much needed Christian antidote: Love. The practical
approach and well-founded theology found in this book are
needed now more than ever in our churches, classrooms,
town halls, and heaven knows, our politicians
"Ron Mock does here what his
predecessors have done in other times of crisis: He draws
on sources typically ignored by policymakers to suggest
some new responses that offer genuine hope for a
long-term winning strategy against terror and
"What I expected to be a dreary
analytical work instead nudged me to confront my own
threads of terrorism, deepen my dependency on Christ, and
gain hope that God is relevant when dealing with
terrorists. I recommend this book as a basis for sermons
and for Sunday school study. Mock delivers what he
promises, Inspiring, creative, positive suggestions
about where we might look expecting to find nuggets of
Gods direction for these times."
Market: Anyonefrom scholars, students, pastors, church leaders, and politicians through general readersinterested in one of the few book-length treatments of how to address terrorism from not only a Christian but also a peacemaking position..
Shelving: War; Terrorism; Pacifism and Peacemaking; Nonviolence; BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.
The Author: Ron Mock, Newberg, Oregon, is Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at George Fox University. After finishing his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1982 and briefly practicing law, he became founding director of the Christian Conciliation Service of Southeastern Michigan. His experiences in interpersonal peacemaking led him to his undergraduate alma mater, George Fox University, where he joined the Center for Peace Learning in 1985. Mock has engaged in research, teaching, and work on nonviolent resolution of conflict from interpersonal disputes to international warfare. He is editor of The Role Play Book, and a member of the International Quaker Working Party on Israel and Palestine.
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