It’s quite different from the soaring cathedrals of Europe. It’s different too from the austere churches of our Anabaptist forebears. Though they eschewed ostentation in their architecture, they took care…
Thomas Yoder Neufeld
Killing Enmity: Violence and the New Testament
Author: Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld
It’s easy to find support for claims that the New Testament endorses violence. Within Mennonite communities, for example, people have suffered abuse, believing that New Testament Scripture requires passive submission, unqualified forgiveness, and compliant obedience. Tom Yoder Neufeld acknowledges that New Testament vocabulary, images, and metaphors can “create space for violence, validating, even enshrining violence,” yet argues that the presence of such language is intended to “subvert and finally ‘murder’ violence.”
Colliding expectations, a sub-topic that nearly upstaged the main topic, and frustration over too little time to process it all characterized the MB study conference held Oct. 15-17 in Saskatoon.