“To ‘proclaim peace’ is to renounce all forms of violence. More than that, however, it means to actively promote communities and conditions of peace, sustained across generations, that maximize opportunities for all of God’s children to flourish without fear of unjust harm and oppression.”
― Patrick Mason & David Pulsipher
This is a time where many celebrate the birth of what they believe is the Prince of Peace. But how well do we live the life, teachings, and call of peace by this great mediator? For Patrick Mason and David Pulsifer, the Gospel of Jesus Christ lays out a unique theology which can help us become peacemakers in our communities and society at large. Their long-in-the-works just released book, Proclaim Peace, also addresses really important questions that many people have about scriptural violence, and helps show that active and lasting peace really is the whole divine point. Their years of thoughtful scholarship is an effort to lift up the Restoration’s distinctive principles that invite us to renounce violence and proclaim Christ’s good news of love and peace to a world that desperately needs it. Proclaim Peace seeks not to promote any particular ideology, but to invite readers, especially the rising generation, to reflect on the interpersonal, ethical, and social dimensions of Christian discipleship.
I’m excited for us to read this vitally important book. Until we do, we have a recently released excellent podcast from our friends at Faith Matters to introduce us to it and its authors.