Gun Violence in America: A Christian Response

Wednesday, 9/8/21 at 6:30pm

Wednesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13 from at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

This course is offered in partnership with the Candler Foundry

Among Western nations, America is among the most religious and the most violent – two facts that are closely linked. This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity and American gun culture, examining both the theology that has enabled the relationship to flourish, and theologies of dissent. It addresses two, broad questions: How did Christians come to believe in the efficacy of violence and the legitimacy of owning weapons? How can Christians of today challenge and resist the values of the armed society? The course is in six parts: 

  1. Introduction: Jesus and the Violence of Love 
  2. The God of Terror and the Way of Force: Christians, Gnostics and St. Augustine 
  3. Puritans and Quakers in Early America
  4. Slavery, Antislavery and the birth of a Modern Gun Culture 
  5. Providence and the Armed Citizen: Evangelicals, Patriots and Firearms 
  6. The Armor of Light: the Strategy of Peace  
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