Sunday, July 9, 2017

Conquest, Exile, & Cross: Replacing Projection With Reality


Written by Branson Parler
on February 24, 2014


The problem

If you’re a proponent of nonviolence, you will definitely hear the question: what about the conquest of Canaan? How does this fit with the call to nonviolence? How does this “violent” God fit with the nonviolent Jesus? Numerous books have engaged this issue and the problem of God’s violence, often focusing on the Old Testament (usually meaning the conquest recorded in Joshua). These questions must be answered carefully because the answers given have far-reaching implications and not simply for our view of nonviolence. My contention is that Christian pacifists must affirm certain points of continuity between Joshua, Jeremiah, and Jesus—conquest, exile, and cross—or else they may undermine the central logic of the biblical narrative and, along with it, our doctrine of God.

Conquest

One popular answer is that the conquest narratives record Israel’s projection onto God rather than God’s actual instructions to Israel. . .
Read more at http://www.missioalliance.org/conquest-exile-cross-replacing-projection-with-reality/

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