Posts Tagged ‘war’

Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day

The Military & Religious Devotees (A Memorial Day Reflection)

On my 18th birthday, I boarded a plane from Nashville, Tennessee to embark on an entirely new adventure.  I remember being absolutely terrified for a couple of reasons.  First, this was the first time that I had ever flown on a plane.  I grew up poor in a small, rural city in south central Kentucky […]

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Prayers for the victims at Choeung Ek, one of Cambodia's largest killing fields.

Genocide and Others

After visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem I must have been visibly upset.  An Israeli woman who was part of our tour group, knowing my Jewish heritage, approached me to ask who in my family was killed.  When I answered that my family had immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century […]

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Ma'aloula

Who is my neighbor? (Syria edition)

As the conflicts in Syria and Iraq have become increasingly sectarian over the last few years, feeding off one another’s dynamics and international rhetoric and involvement, stories about the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians have become more and more common in the English-language media.  I first started studying Middle Eastern forms of Christianity during college […]

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Graffiti on the walls of a destroyed hospital in Quneitra, part of the Syrian-controlled Golan

Living into human peace

In a recent application, I was asked to reflect on my thoughts about nonviolence and whether I consider myself a pacifist.  This turned out to be a much more difficult question than you might assume, as I needed to wrangle my Christian faith, my experience with Hindu and Islamic ideas of peace and nonviolence, and […]

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Why I will not apply for the Council on Foreign Relations’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin”

State of Formation recently announced that it would nominate its Contributing Scholars to be featured in the Council on Foreign Relation’s “Religion and Foreign Policy Bulletin.” This is a great chance both for State of Formation and for the writers on this blog. I have seen caring, critical engagement on this site, and I think […]

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You use the words you know

One of the unexpected things I have told friends about in my learning to speak Arabic over the past five years is the fact that I am much more talkative in Arabic than I am in English.  In Arabic, my vocabulary is still limited, so if I know how to say something, I am often […]

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Does Religion Cause War ?

Does Religion Cause War ? If so, How ? The sociologist David Martin, in his book Does Christianity Cause War? (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), investigates the empirical evidence from “Europe as a whole” for Richard Dawkin’s assertion that “religion causes wars by generating certainty” (5,22).  He concludes that Religious certainty does not cause war, but a religion’s […]

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After Auschwitz, What?

After Auschwitz, no theology: From the chimneys of the Vatican, white smoke rises — a sign the cardinals have chosen themselves a Pope. From the crematoria of Auschwitz, black smoke rises — a sign the conclave of Gods hasn’t yet chosen the Chosen People.1 –Yehuda Amichai   On Yom HaShoah, the Jewish day to mourn […]

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Wailing Wall

The Israeli Chroniclers and the Am Ha’Aretz of Palestine

He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors’. 
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder 
If I could put a notion in his head: 
’Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it 
Where there are cows? 
But here there are no cows. 
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know 
What I […]

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