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Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus

This Thursday at 12:00 Eastern, we have the good pleasure of talking with Benjamin Corey about his book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. Now, by “we,” I mean exactly that. You and I will be able to ask Benjamin questions and make comments about his book on a live chat! All you have to do is register (for free!) by clicking here. Why do we at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement want to talk w ...

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Book Feature Friday: Mickey Mouse, Mimetic Theory, and Saving a Villain

As a parent dedicated to mimetic theory, I know that the stories we tell our children pattern them in certain ways. Children have a remarkable capacity to learn not only reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to relate to others. Stories are particularly influential tools that teach children how to do just that. Of course, their learning potential can be patterned in relating to others in violent wa ...

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Renewed Trust for a New Year: Blessed Rosh Hashanah

Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim! May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year! Rosh Hashanah commenced at sunset yesterday evening, and with it the 5775th year of the Jewish calendar. So here at the Raven Foundation we wish a Happy New Year to all of our Jewish friends, and find in this holy day an opportunity for reflection upon both our inward faith and our outward practice of shalom. Like its sec ...

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How Christians Reject Jesus: On Trying to Outsmart God

Here at the Raven Foundation we have written a lot about nonviolence. We take seriously the words of Jesus that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. We believe that violence begets violence, or as Jesus put it, “Those who live by the sword die by the sword.” We also take seriously the words of Rene Girard, the founder of mimetic theory, that we are now “confronted with a perfectly ...

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Traces of Evil

Barack Obama’s central dilemma last week, when he tried to sell a new war to the American public on the eve of the thirteenth anniversary of 9/11, was to speak convincingly about the wisdom and effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy over the last decade-plus while at the same time, alas, dropping the bad news that it didn’t work. Thus: “Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is saf ...

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Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Editor's Note: Kathy Kelly , friend and contributor to The Raven Foundation, is a peacemaker working tirelessly to promote effective, compassionate solutions to the devastation and brutality of war. In addition to taking part in antiwar demonstrations throughout the nation, she has lived alongside the people of various countries in times of war, including Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua bui ...

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What ISIL Beheadings Can Teach Us about God and The Cross

What’s the difference between a beheading and a crucifixion? I ask the question as a Christian because we profess that a method of execution every bit as shocking, and perhaps even more cruel, than the beheader’s axe is the vehicle of our salvation. If we do not reflect upon the difference (and the disturbing similarities) between our veneration of the cross and the state support of the beheader’s axe by th ...

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Fast-Draw Morality

“So you want to disarm cops LOL yeah that’s an intelligent thing to do the gang bangers would love that surely they will unilaterally disarm too.” I’m used to semi-anonymous sarcasm by now, like this Huffington Post comment beneath a recent column I wrote on the militarization of the police and the possibility of disarmament, and I have no interest in “fighting it out” with the guy. But there it is, perfect ...

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Book Feature Friday: Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?

Editor's Note: In the spirit of building interfaith bridges of peace so desperately needed in the ongoing aftermath of September 11th, we are reposting this book review from two years ago for Book Feature Friday. As it did for Adam, this beautiful book helped me also to identify questions central to interfaith peacemaking and served as a map for me on the road toward answers. It is as relevant today as it w ...

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How Should Christians Respond to President Obama: On Fear, Violence, and Safety

Do you feel safe? President Obama made his case for war against ISIS during his address to the nation last night. He juxtaposed two statements that sum up the contradictory message that American presidents have been telling us with a straight face since at least the Vietnam War: America is safer. Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. I don’t feel safe. We’ve been fighting the “War on Terror” for 13 ...

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