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Forging Ploughshares

Cultivating the Peaceable Kingdom

Paul Axton explains that the common approach to religion - Pluralist, Inclusivist, Exclusivist - fails to understand the specificity of salvation in each religion and Christianity in particular.

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Paul Axton preaches: The election of Donald Trump and evangelical support for Trump is a living proof that white supremacy is alive and well, not in spite of, but because of evangelical Christians. Is a faith that requires oppression and exclusion, which explicitly tolerates and promotes white supremacy, “Christianity.” Isn’t this, as Douglas would have it, “the climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds, and the grossest of all libels?”

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Paul Axton preaches: We live in a time in which ethics has been separated out from the Christian story so that people do not hesitate to embrace the ethic of the culture rather than the ethic of love. – keeping the foreigners at bay, putting children in cages, making America Great Again at the expense of Christian ethics.
The question arises as to the ground of ethics and especially Christian ethics. Is our ethics grounded in love? And what does this mean?

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In this podcast, Paul Axton compares the work of Mircea Eliade, the father of religious studies, and Peter Berger, the father of the notion of the social construction of reality, so as to arrive at a biblical understanding of religion.

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Paul Axton preaches: The dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile is broken down in Christ, and the removal of this barrier is, for Paul, the archetype of salvation. Money shared by Gentiles and accepted by Jews is the token of its accomplishment.

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In this discussion Aaron Woods describes his work in Jerusalem teaching peace to Muslim children in a Christian school.

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Paul Axton preaches: The resurrection connects us to creation, it exposes the lie of death as an escape, it connects us to embodiment, it frees us from the valuation and ethical system of culture, it connects us to the deep love of others and the comfort of that love, it connects us to history and salvation history – we are part of this history.

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Paul Axton concludes the series on various ways of engineering death in orientalism, occidentalism, and particular modes of enculturation the extreme form of sickness - the serial killer or the homicidal and genocidal tendency - by linking to a universal construct addressed in the death of Christ.

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Paul Axton preaches: Is it the sting of sin is death or is it the sting of death is sin? Our tendency to misread this passage points to our tendency to miss what Christ saves us from.

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Paul Axton illustrates the way in which death is engineered into the purpose of life and culture in this analysis of Takeo Doi.

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