Violence, War, and Christian Peacemaking course

Online Course (Stevenson School for Ministry)
Sept. 8-Oct. 13
Event Title
Violence, War, and Christian Peacemaking course
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When does it end?
Event Host and/or Location
Stevenson School for Ministry, The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
What kind of event is it?
Online Course
Event Details
Jesus is clear that it is the peacemakers who are blessed, and this is what his disciples are to be. But Christians have disagreed for centuries as to just what it means to be a peacemaker. Does it mean that Christians are obligated to refuse the use of all violence? Does it allow for participation in warfare? If so, when is it justified and when is it not? What constitutes violence? Are some forms of coercion right and others wrong?

These are the kinds of questions Christians have reckoned with over the centuries. In this course, we will consider these questions and more by reading and discussing some of the most compelling arguments on all sides of these questions. Now, when violence and warfare are once again in the news and at the forefront of our minds, this is certainly the right time to ask these vital questions again and discuss them with others.

This class will meet six times, on Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 2-3:30 pm eastern. All class meetings will occur on Zoom. The course will also have an online class site through the Stevenson School for Ministry Populi learning management platform (login information and instructions sent separately).

Meet the instructor, Josh Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a minor in Church History from Vanderbilt. He served as a professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at General Seminary. He also taught at the University of Illinois and Loyola Institute of Pastoral Studies. At Stevenson School for Ministry, he teaches Ethics and Theology. He lives in Alabama with his wife, the Rev. Danielle Thompson, and their two children.

Contact name
Dr. Sarah Stonesifer Boylan