Religious Values in an Age of Violence

Religious Values in an Age of Violence

Religious Values in an Age of Violence

Religious Values in an Age of Violence

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Throughout Judaeo Christian history there has been a profound lack of comfort between the ideas of violence and the best of the religious tradition. This discomfort has not been noticed by all persons at all times. Ancient Israel found it proper that a Divine Warrior should intercede on their behalf. German soldiers in World War I, at least, inscribed "Gott mit uns" on their belt buckles. Even today the chapel at the Air Force Academy has a cross in the form of a sword.

But in all religious traditions there has been a very strong judgment that much of the above is unseemly, that God blesses not war but peace, and that all religious men must cooperate together, truly to find peace in our time.

Rabbi Tanenbaum in this thoughful essay examines the situation of the world today, which he knows far better than most religious leaders by reason of his travel and wide ranging contacts. Finally he makes some suggestions on the role that Jews and Christians ought to play if the strongly pacifistic strain that runs . . .

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