Posts tagged violence
Christ Under the Gun: Owen Strachan Is Wrong About American Sniper

This should be deeply troubling for anyone who has an investment in the Christian faith. The connection of violence to masculinity is at once unbiblical and unholy – the praise of violence in the course of worshipping a man who commanded us to lay down our swords should give anyone pause. But that is precisely the problem with this particular flavor of “biblical” manhood and womanhood. This theology is less about allowing ourselves to be changed and challenged by a God who does not fit any of our expectations and more about making our image of God fit into cultural presuppositions about the masculine and feminine.

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Toxic Masculinity: The Bro-Jesus

These images of Jesus, rampant throughout bro-Christianity, become the full image of Jesus. Instead of the man we see in the Gospels, telling us that love sacrifices all for the good of all, Jesus stands before us with a whip in his hand and anger on his face. Such focus - to the exclusion of all other readings - creates a violent atmosphere for both Christianity and masculinity. Masculinity becomes defined by its violence, instead of its grace.

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Christian Men and the Pro-Life Movement: Uneasy Masculinity and Violence

But I think it’s something more than that. I think the Christian man’s attraction and ferocity on the issue of abortion runs deeper than merely proving their commitment to the faith. The fervor, instead, evinces something far uglier – a tension and discomfort over the proper ways men can express their masculinity and the sanctioned manners in which they can perform “womanly” duties like nurturing. 

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Intersectionality and Peacemaking: Problematizing Modern Christian Pacifism

We need a philosophy that moves beyond “turn the other cheek” to address the myriad ways in which violence is enacted and responded to in our modern world. Pacifism as peacemaking needs to be more than a hypothetical, and needs to be larger than the privileged circles in which it currently resides.

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