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Peace and Conflict Studies
PACS 320
Matthew Bailey- Dick

EXAM Monday April 9 2012 9001130 AM CGUC 1302Tell me more about the article you read about foods that last a long time nonperishable 5 yr pie loaf vacuum seal tunaClass 1 NotesOpens with words from JohnYou brood of vipers preparing the way of Jesus Matthew 3How do you feelChristian 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 wellthat 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 wayToday January 5Epiphany holiday today for the Christian calendar the twelfth night after Christmas th Connection with the John the Baptist thing is for him the 12 night after Christmas is the Feast of Theophany celebrates the baptism of Jesus orthodox churchJanuary 5 1527 Felix Mons was the first martyr of the Radical Reformation he was drowned in Zurich in the Lemont River AsymptoteA line on a graph that can be infinitely approached but never reachedYou 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 BarashA 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 far awayDrew Christiansentalks about peace as a convoy concept There is not one definition for peace its a convoy of concepts that brings all sorts of concepts togetherOrthopraxisRight thoughtright action It refers to action preceding thought or at least informing through in a practical wayConventional 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 thinko Orthodoxy traditional conservative literally means right or current thinking o Praxis practice doingo Christian peacemakers are doing the ortho and praxis aspect of orthopraxis because they go hand in hand the though and the actionLiberation Theology determining theology and creating theology out of experience and out of praxis Peacemakingis it a verb or conceptAnother world is possible All we have to do is change everythingis that possible How does a Christian participate in that and what is Gods role in thatReadings Have Christians done more harm than goodHistorical analysis of Christian impact is the legacy of the Christian tradition harmful over its historical lifespanThe author does a good job at bringing in both perspectivessides of that questionHe says Christianity is a plastic historical forceat a fundamental level Christianity brings to bear violence and peacemaking and theres full Christian justification for both Political AtheismThe author takes the perspective and shows how Christianity in its peacemaking and nonviolent expression is a profound clear expression of political atheism Meaning that within the first 300 years of Christianity Christians became atheistic towards the emperor didnt 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 atheismQuotes 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 awayDavid 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 butmaking 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 piecesThese movements with their new ways of organizing resistance communication and new forms of alternative institutions represent a dramatic departure from the last centurys 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 effortsWe 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
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