Here's a brief overview of what I plan on covering/including:
- Reconciling the "Old Testament God" with Jesus' teachings in the New Testament
- Blazing the path: past and modern day saints who have lead the way on the path of non-violence and reconciliation
- The root of non-violence and violence: we're all in the same boat, well all want to be loved
- Pacifism doesn't mean we sit back and do nothing
- What are our rights?
- Constantine and the beginning of the Christian empire
- Jim Elliot and a common double standard
- Practicing peace, forgiveness and reconciliation
Books I plan on using and reading are:
- Non-Violence: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky
- Passion for Peace by Thomas Merton
- To Baghdad and Beyond: How I Got Born Again in Babylon by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
- God and Empire:Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now by John Dominic Crossan
- Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
If you get a chance, check out some of these books. I've read most of them and they will get you asking some good questions. I think you can start looking for this blog series (I feel so pretentious calling it a series) on Fridays. In the mean time, I'll leave you with a question of my own.
What do you think our rights are as followers of Christ?