The Cross Of Christ:A Justification For Redemptive Violence Or A Call To Gospel Nonviolence?

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The Cross Of Christ:A Justification For Redemptive Violence Or A Call To Gospel Nonviolence?

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The death of Jesus is central to Christian life and thought, yet it has been frequently been misunderstood and misused. In many tragic ways, the cross of Christ has been seen as a kind of “redemptive violence,” and has been directly or indirectly used to vindicate and even bless human violence. By looking at the crucifixion of Jesus in its historical context, we will explore the question: Why did Jesus die? How is his death related to his ministry and witness in the Gospels? How did the early communities grasp his death, and how does it make us think differently about the Resurrection? We will reflect on how a more radical understanding of the passion of Christ can impact our discipleship, and particularly our efforts to witness to nonviolence in a violent world. This session will be facilitated by Will O’Brien, coordinator of The Alternative Seminary. A challenging event as we journey in Lent toward Good Friday. A light breakfast will be served. A $5 donation is requested to cover costs (though if you can’t pay, please feel free to come anyway!). Please RSVP by February 24 to Will O’Brien at 215-842-1790 or wobrien@alternativeseminary.net. The Alternative Seminary is a program of biblical and theological study and reflection designed to foster an authentic biblical witness in the modern world. For more information, see www.alternativeseminary.net. Circle of Hope – www.circleofhope.net The Simple Way - http://www.thesimpleway.org House of Grace Catholic Worker, 1826 E. Lehigh Ave., Phila., PA 19125, 215-426-0364 Red Letter Christians - http://www.redletterchristians.org Catholic Peace Fellowship - http://www.cpfphila.org Brandywine Peace Community - http://www.brandywinepeace.com

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