The Task and Challenge of Prophetic Peace-making

Lowell O. Erdahl

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1982

Issue: The Human Venture (Vol. 2, No 3, Summer, 1982)

Our task as peacemakers is not only to confront idolatrous dependence upon military might and national power but also to expose and to seek to correct the archaic perceptions that enable our continued support of an irrational and immoral arms race that threatens the destruction of everything it is intended to defend. In Christ there are new perceptions with power to confront and correct this madness. We will later consider several of these “new modes of thinking,” but first we note briefly eight archaic ideas that are illustrative of ways in which “the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us” (and too often also within us) is out of touch with the realities of the nuclear era.

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