Pursuing Peace without Illusions

John R. Stumme

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1995

Issue: Why Do the Nations Rage? (Vol. 15, No 4, Fall, 1995)

The title, of course, is presumptuous. We are never free of illusions, especially about our own righteousness or grasp of things. What is true and certain is that we and all people are God’s creatures, sinners for whom Christ died. God intends and calls all people to live together in peace, but we do not do that very well. Efforts for peace that come from faith active in love should rest on these truths, not on illusions that neglect or deny either God-given human dignity or human sinfulness.

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