Dystopian Fiction

What is the purpose of dystopian fiction? I’ve been reading some fiction in the category of “dystopian.” It is the opposite of “utopia,” and is usually associated with a future that is grim, violent, and repressive. You can find the chaos of this genre in books such as Hunger Games, more recently, and more famously,…

Reading In An Age of Barbarism

Reading in an Age of Barbarism* I’m continually struck dumb by the question of the value of reading. It is as if folks have forgotten how we all became participators in an incredible, albeit flawed, experiment known as western civilization. Many will say that civilization is founded upon the myth of violence. I suppose this…

Christian Nonviolence Is The Strong Position

Christian nonviolence is not the “weak” position. It is, in fact, along with Just-War Theory, a historically “Christian” practice. It is not weak because in the face of terror and violence, there is the image of God, maintained by the resolve of the peacemaker, and therefore bearing witness towards the one who decides to pervert…