Forging Ploughshares

Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

In this lecture Paul Axton explains John's and Paul's spiritual reading of the Hebrew Scriptures which has been lost in modern scholarship (as witnessed to by Charles Hill) and at a popular level. Henri de Lubac points us to Origen of Alexandria as the cure for historicism and what might be a type of Gnosticism, which a correct reading of John cures. 

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In this PBI discussion David Rawls explains Alexander Campbell's justification for nonviolence and Allan advocates for complete non-participation in nations and governments. Matt, Tim, and Paul join this final discussion on the peaceable kingdom.

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Paul Axton Preaches - In Revelation and the Gospel of John the church is depicted as bringing forth the enfleshment of the Son in an ongoing incarnation or travail of birth.

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In this PBI discussion David, Matt, and Paul discuss the typical "what if" scenarios in regard to nonviolence and point to the early church discipline in which being peaceable was part of catechesis of every disciple and the common thread found in the early church and among Anabaptist groups of divinization. 

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Paul Axton Preaches - There is a Gnostic notion that evil arises before creation and that this is reflected in the chaos of Genesis or the nothing of creation ex nihilo. John locates and delimits evil and pictures its defeat and this is understood through correctly identifying the Logos with the "word of the cross."

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In this PBI discussion Trenton, Tim, Allan, and Paul discuss how a shift in atonement theory (away from penal substitution) accompanied rediscovery and preservation of a peaceable understanding among Anabaptists, while a failure to shift atonement theory accompanied the relinquishing of peace among groups who originally held to nonviolence. The case of Reinhold Niebuhr, and his Christian realism, is key.

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Paul Axton preaches - John depicts the life of Christ from an apocalyptic perspective, unveiling the dwelling place of God with man established in his "lifting up" a new Temple established in a new humanity.

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Tim, Trenton, Allan, and Paul discuss the tenets of the just war tradition and how most all of the churches indigenous to the United States began as peace churches but relinquished this original understanding to adapt some form of just war.

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Paul Axton Preaches - The Gospel of John equates truth with the life of Christ shown forth at Easter. This truth relativizes all other notions of truth as other trues are always extrinsic trues (location, date, composition, etc.) while the life of Christ is a first order truth which only refers to itself.

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David, Allan, Matt, and Paul discuss the implications of the accommodation of violence and the development of the just war tradition beginning with the Constantinian shift.

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