Themes In John Dear's The God Of Peace

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John Dear is a theologian, peace activist, and priest. With his background in Christianity and peacemaking, Dear has written many books, including The God of Peace. The God of Peace: Toward a Theology of Nonviolence capitalizes on the history of Christianity and the aspects of the roots of nonviolence. John Dear captures his ideas in 20 chapters in his book that all include different themes like “God Is Nonviolent,” “The Sin of Violence,” and “The Sacraments of Nonviolence.” (Dear, p. VIII) With so many themes and chapters, Dear answers many questions on the history of nonviolence in the Christian religion and specifically the actions and impact of Jesus and God as nonviolent figures.

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If this was not apparent in the beginning it is more apparent when he labels “Jesus, the prophet of nonviolence.” (Dear, p. 20) With this theme, Dear goes over the time that Jesus was on earth and how he denounced nonviolence from the very first day. (Dear, p.20) Using bible passages and biblical events, the fact that Jesus was a model for nonviolence was reinforced. Not only focusing on Jesus, Dear addresses the transition of God being the God of Peace, contrary to his past actions. He points out how even Christians can imagine God as “wrathful, vengeful, angry, bitter,mean, unjust, terrifying and violent…” (Dear, p.30) Also establishing the question of why God would create a world of violence if he is not. Dear answers this by saying how “the scriptures and traditional theology teach that God is good, and that this good God created the world and saw that world as good. Human choice brought violence and radical evil into the picture.” (Dear, …show more content…
Being raised as a Christian you only get one side of stories until you study others. The God of Peace is very Pro-Christian but filled with knowledge from all sorts of directions. Not only does it have substance but it also has addresses frequently presented counterpoints, that even as a Christian, I had. The less I knew, I had a fear of God in a standoff way but now I have a fear of God in a way where I understand the control and might that is possessed but the love and embracing that I can claim from God. This is only because of the Theology courses that I have taken in my educational career, where we got to read things like The God of Peace and Peacemaking and the Challenge of Violence in World

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