EXAM: Monday April 9, 2012 9:00-11:30 AM CGUC 1302
Tell me more about the article you read about foods that last a long time (non-perishable)– 5 yr
pie loaf, vacuum seal tuna,
Class 1 Notes
Opens with words from John – ―You brood of vipers...‖ preparing the way of Jesus. Matthew 3
How do you feel?
Christian Peacemakers may say ―Christian Peacemaking is....‖ and then gives the answer. An to
that answer they live their whole life and try to convince others of that answer as well – that their
understanding is the correct one. What if Christian faith and Christian Peacemaking can be
defined just a simply (as C is for Cookie) but in a completely different way?
Today, January 5:
Epiphany holiday today for the Christian calendar, the twelfth night after Christmas.
Connection with the John the Baptist thing is for him the 12th night after Christmas is the
Feast of Theophany: celebrates the baptism of Jesus (orthodox church).
January 5, 1527: Felix Mons was the first martyr of the Radical Reformation (he was
drowned in Zurich in the Lemont River).
Asymptote – A line on a graph that can be infinitely
approached but never reached. You can draw closer and
closer to it but will never be able to cross it or intersect
with it. In the following image the horizontal black line is
the asymptote. Definition of asymptote: a line which a
given curve gets closer and closer to, but never touches, as
it gets further from the origin
David Barash – A piece is never fully achieved, it can only be approached. Peace is an
asymptote: we approach it very closely but it continues to elude us, just beyond our grasp yet so
Drew Christiansen – talks about peace as a convoy concept. There is not one definition for peace;
it‘s a convoy of concepts that brings all sorts of concepts together.
Orthopraxis – Right thought right action. It refers to action preceding thought or at least
informing through in a practical way.
Conventional approach is that you think or theologize and then you act so that your
action is congruent with your theology or philosophy. How to live out what you believe
in a right way that is consistent with what you believe in and what Jesus would think.
o Orthodoxy: traditional, conservative, literally means right or current thinking
o Praxis: practice, doing,
o Christian peacemakers are doing the ortho and praxis aspect of orthopraxis
because they go hand in hand: the though and the action.
Liberation Theology: determining theology and creating theology out of experience and out of
praxis. Peacemaking – is it a verb or concept
―Another world is possible‖. All we have to do is change everything – is that possible? How does
a Christian participate in that and what is God‘s role in that?
Have Christians done more harm than good?
Historical analysis of Christian impact: is the legacy of the Christian tradition harmful
over its historical lifespan.
The author does a good job at bringing in both perspectives/sides of that question
He says, Christianity is a plastic historical force – at a fundamental level Christianity
brings to bear violence and peacemaking and there‘s full Christian justification for both.
The author takes the perspective and shows how Christianity in its peacemaking and non-
violent expression is a profound, clear expression of political atheism. Meaning that
within the first 300 years of Christianity, Christians became atheistic towards the emperor
(didn‘t bow down to him). Christians, following Jesus, were atheists to the gods of Rome
because they were theists to the one true God.
How do we understand Christianity as a type of atheism?
Quotes used in class:
―We might say that peace is never fully achieved; it can only be approached. Mathematicians call
something ―asymptotic‖ if it can be infinitely (or rather infinitesimally) approached, but never
quite reached. Peace, then, may be an asymptote. Unfortunately, we do not yet have the luxury of
bemoaning a ―near miss,‖ regretting that although we approach peace very closely, it continues
to elude us, remaining just beyond our grasp. The hard reality is that peace can barely be
glimpsed, never mind grasped; what is frustrating, therefore, is not that peace is so close, but that
it remains so far away.‖ – David Barash, Approaches to Peace: A Reader in Peace Studies (New
York: Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 1
"The new radicalism is a movement of movements, a network of networks, not merely intent on
changing the world, but…making a new one in which many worlds will fit. It is a patchwork
quilt of hope sewn together with countless hands, actions, songs, emails, and dreams into a
whole that is much greater than the sum of its pieces.
These movements, with their new ways of organizing, resistance, communication, and new
forms of alternative institutions, represent a dramatic departure from the last century‘s prevailing
strategies of working for change. A common theme within the new radicalism is the practice of
letting the means determine the ends. Unless the community or world we want is built into and
reflected by the struggle to achieve it, movements will always be disappointed in their efforts….
We live in a global crisis. Human misery and displacement, ecological meltdown, the
antidemocratic concentration of power and wealth, and a state of endless war have reached an
unprecedented scale. It is a time with disastrous and possible apocalyptic consequences if we do
not uproot and replace the current system….We also live in a time with great opportunity for
deep, positive, radical changes in the world…
The future is up for grabs and the potential for a better world is within our grasp. Tastes of what
a better world would be like are all around us, and models of how society can be reorganized to
favor people and the planet exist in some of our alternative community institutions and in parts
of our social change movements at home and around the world. All we have to do is change
everything. Let‘s take a step and keep walking there together." -David Solnit, intro to Globalize
Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World
Class 2 Notes
Today is the recognition or feast day of Saint Tatiana – patron saint of students. She was
beheaded January 12th in the third century after Christ.
Jesus – man, Lamb/slaughtered Lamb, Saviour, Lord. What if He is the most perfect, elegant,
mouth-watering pie ever existing. He is the pie to which we are all invited to share in.
Peace of pie, piece of pie. If Christ is pie – what does it mean for Christian peacemakers to try to
describe others of the slice of pie that they‘ve received and it‘s worth eating. How would you
convince them that it‘s so satisfying.
Definitions of Peace
Freedom from disturbance
Quiet and tranquility
A normal, non-warring condition between nations
A state of harmony
The presence of respect, understanding, unity, prosperity, etc.
Definitions of Christian
Of or related to Christianity
A person who has received Christian baptism
o Someone who hasn‘t received baptism but believes in Jesus Christ
Derived from the Greek word Christ which is a translation from a Hebrew word, meaning
Messiah (one who saves, one who redeems)
Throwing mini soccer ball around the classroom, students describe what it does to the people in
the classroom and describe the balls motion. Point: brings several things together.
Radical – Latin origin, Radicalus which means root. Radical could mean extreme, crazy,
challenging, passionate, etc.
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. – Martin Luther King,
Jr. – It‘s long but it‘s heading towards somewhere – toward justice.
Trajectory – human history is understood and defined by our experiences. We see things
based on our experience.
Christian peacemaking is seeing history in a new way then how it‘s often seen