CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One of the leading theologians in the United States will be in West Virginia, this week, to make his case that Christians in America should be opposed to war.

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, said Christians must be pacifists.  “It is God’s very nature that we are called to witness to as Christians in the world, that is the central fact that sustains Christian non-violence,” he said.

Hauerwas will speak on “God & Violence in American Culture,” along with Rev. Eric Mounts, the senior pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the University of Charleston.

The UC Speaker Series event was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Rigglemen Hall’s Geary Auditorium.  UC President Ed Welch will serve as the moderator.

Organizers said the conversation will focus on the impact that belief in God has on actions that promote peace, justice, conflict and aggression.  One of the central questions will be the following: How does a nation based on principles of faith develop an international reputation for high instances of violence?

At times, Hauerwas admitted, non-violence appears to go against the fundamentals of Christianity.

“You cannot defend the innocent by the use of violence which means that one of the hardest things about being committed to non-violence is you may well have to watch the innocent suffer for your convictions,” he said.

Hauerwas, who was named Time’s “America’s Best Theologian” in 2001, was a guest on a recent edition of MetroNews “Talkline.”

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  • wvtd

    these guys prey on those who are biblically illiterate and easily manipulated.

  • GregG

    I wonder what Dr. Stanley Hauerwas take on Santa Claus and his rules to follow in order for him to come down the chimney and leave gifts.

    • wvtd

      1, make sure the fire is out.
      2, leave a snack.

  • David

    I know I'm not a Christian, because I believe in no supernatural force or being but, for those who proclaim a belief in the Jesus of the New Testament to so distort His words in order to justify violence is appalling. While I don't believe He is God or is the Son of God, I support His words.

  • Joe

    The bible aside, here is some practical advise on pacifism.

    Those who beat swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who don't.
    Benjamin Franklin

    Si vis pacem, para bellum; "If you want peace, prepare for war" (peace through strength). Publius Flavius Vegetius

    • wvtd

      mr. franklin knew that first hand, I hope we never do.

    • Gilbert Gnarley

      "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" Bluto Blutarsky

  • jps

    In Luke 22:36, Jesus told His disciples, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." While violence is not at all desirable, some people are going to be violent no matter how peaceful we try to be. We have the right to defend ourselves. If Jesus isn't advocating this, the what is He advocating?

  • Brad

    Neither Jesus Christ, Paul, John the Baptist, nor any New Testament figure ever suggested that a nation should be pacifist. What they are talking about, in "turning the other cheek," or giving one your cloak, is PERSONAL behavior, resisting evil with good, with generosity. Big difference, but these "social gospel" theologians always want to distort the truth of the Bible for their own leftist ends. Nothing new, they've been doing this for centuries.

  • Joseph Goebbels

    If proving my Faith means I stand idly by and watch others being beheaded because of their Faith is a "Faith" I will have no part of...

    But make no mistake, I will also not be a part of a "Faith" that whips it's congregation up into a blood-thirsty frenzy as John Hagee does in his "Stand with Israel" sermons...

    • Joseph Goebbels

      ...Oh, by the way-- the "God&Violence in America" they mention is the fundamental ground work for "People of Faith" to get behind the liberal agenda of gun control and the "Justice" they will stump for is actually "Social Justice"-- which is the redistribution of wealth..

  • 2XLPatriot

    I thinbk this guy's interpretation of the teachings in The Bible are certainly misconstrued. Yes, war is bad and we should use every avenue to prevent it from happening but, his message comes across as this applies in everyday life not just war. Committing to non-violence and standing by to watch the innocent suffer is cowardly. Any man or woman who would stand by and watch one beat or kill another without intervening or trying to stop it is not the message of The Bible. If I am struck on the left cheek, I'm coming back with a right cross. It is human nature. Jesus himself showed us this when he intervened in the stoning and said "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Hypocrites.

  • wvtd

    how much money do they want and what new book, teaching series or cd is this gang trying to sale? sounds just like another one verse Charlie preacher who is out for the money like so many are these days. teach the bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse like you are supposed too, feed the people meat not warm milk.

  • blugldmn

    Hasn't this guy heard of the separation of church and state ?

  • Gilbert Gnarley

    The world shows us what we should do, Christ tells us what we must do.

    For believers it is a daily struggle.

  • C. F. T.

    Simple; you start it, I'm going to end it. Like an old dog lying on the porch respect him/her and you have an friend, kick or beat the dog and you get what's coming to you.
    MOTE: From the headline of this article throughout the content only the Liberal passisft side of the "conversation" was presented. Consider the motive of the source, that being 1. Media, 2. Time magizine, 3. Dr, Welch of UC and 4. Dr, Hauerwas.

  • joey

    but if any provide not for his own house, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8 provide means looking out for in advance, before hand. in other words dealing with what ever before it becomes a problem.