Reinventing Peace

We live in a broken and hurting world. It cannot be ignored that division is the norm for Western society. The fractured nature of humanity is not new—it has been recorded throughout history for many millennia. The goal of peace theology is to bring reconciliation to a broken world—this is the message of the gospel….

A Citizen of Two Kingdoms

The Radical Reformation was a formative era of church history, having implications for much of the modern world. Prior to the work of the Anabaptist reformers, much of the Western World was under an alliance of the Church and State. This manifested itself in different ways throughout the multiple centuries following the Edict of Milan of…

Contrary to Their Religious Persuasion

A few weeks ago, I was doing some research and became more aware of a unique part of American history. As a Pennsylvania native, I have always been intrigued by the microcosm of religious diversity that has been part of this state’s history. You might be aware that Pennsylvania was founded as a British province…

Giving Up Pacifism

In a post I made a few months ago I mentioned that I would eventually be looking at: “Mainstream Christianity’s move away from pacifism.” Unfortunately, this was a poor choice of wording, because mainstream Christianity has never fully embraced pacifism since the apostolic period prior to Constantine’s acquisition of Christianity. In this post, I want to…

Were Anabaptists Always Pacifists?

In my last post, I explored my own journey towards peace theology. Over the years, I have processed through what I perceived to be the Anabaptist commitment to peace. It is true that most Anabaptists espouse the value of peace today, but I had to keep asking the question: “Has it always been this way?” In…