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Why C. S. Lewis Was Wrong About Pacifism

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis lived from nearly the turn of the 20th century to the early 1960's. He was a British Christian scholar and author. More specifically, he was an expert on medieval European literature, history, and mythology. In practice, Lewis was an Anglican layman. He was not a clergyman nor an academic theologian.

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A Black Sun Has Not Risen on Japan: Challenging So-called "Answers" for the Japanese Disaster

Earlier this month, March 11th, an earthquake off the coast of Japan caused a massive tsunami to strike the coastline toppling buildings and costing thousands of lives. Whenever natural disasters occur, Christ's Church mourns with those who have suffered loss and rallies to support them. The feet of Jesus are quickly on the ground bringing aid to the effected region and the hands of Jesus work to heal broken bodies and lives. In this effort, the people of God demonstrate the love of God towards their neighbors.

Just yesterday I was privileged to participate in a meeting of local church leaders who have been actively serving the Japanese community in greater Boston and with no hesitation discussion erupted as to how the church could facilitate the efforts of Christians interested in contributing to the on-going efforts. I was proud to be apart of Christians serving Christianly.

But just as I was riding high on the joy of experiencing American Christians truly serving the world with God's love, I happened upon the a recent blog post by a prominent American author responding to the Japan disaster with "answers." Some background at this point: the particular American author writing his "answers" is a leading proponent of a view of God that is growing in popularity among American evangelicals. It posits that all occurrences in our world, good or evil, are "ultimately from God." This is a very old view, tracing its lineage back to St. Augustine. But to be perfectly clear, it is not the only view the Church has held, nor the predominant view. It is merely a view that is claiming "orthodoxy" in 21st century American evangelicalism.

I want to offer a few thoughts in response to this post and this view of God. I want to suggest first that there is no reason, biblical or otherwise, to believe the Japanese earthquake was "from God." Second, I want to suggest that the view of God this author promulgates actually does significant violence to an evangelical understanding of what Jesus' death on cross means for the world.

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Theological Graffiti is a blog written by T. C. Moore @tc_moore ...a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, Associate Pastor @NewCityChurch of Los Angeles, sometimes web designer, writer, and theology geek. For more about me, visit my Personal Website or my Online Profile. Otherwise, enjoy the graffiti.

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