Monday, July 24, 2006

The Bible on Terrorism?

Does the Bible address the question of terrorism? I found interesting the recent column on this question by Newsweek's Rabbi Marc Gellman. What he says is sure to be misunderstood by many readers, but I think he gives a compelling exposition unpacking how Deut 25:17-19 helps us get our heads around some basic dynamics involved in terrorism. See: Remember Amalek. One area that Gellman does not address is the complex mindset involved in terrorism. For a timeless religious perspective on the psychological and spiritual dimensions there, one should read Dostoevsky's The Possessed. Comments on any of this are welcome.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Places, things, events, in the past are not spiritual, our actions we take, are how we live spiritually day to day. To rationalize why we can kill is not liviing spiritually.
We will have peace when there is respect for everyone to everyone regardless of differences. Because when we kill others we are killing spirit, humanity, ourselves.

Mon Jul 24, 10:50:00 PM GMT-5  

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