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We know Jesus the Savior, but have we met Jesus, Prince of Peace? When did we accept vengeance as an acceptable part of the Christian life? How did violence and power seep into our understanding of faith and grace? For those troubled by this trend toward the sword, perhaps there is a better way. What if the message of Jesus differs radically from the drumbeats of war we hear all around us? Using his own journey from war crier to peacemaker and his in-depth study of peace in the scriptures, author and pastor Brian Zahnd reintroduces us to the gospel of Peace.
"War is a repudiation of the Lordship of Christ," writes Zahnd (Beauty Will Save the World). "War is a thing of the past." Leaning heavily into the work of critical theorist Ren Girard, Zahnd argues that peace which he defines as a courageous, faithful belief that Jesus has defeated the need for humans to kill one another is the heart of the Christian message. Zahnd outlines his transformation from an evangelical pastor who preached retribution in the aftermath of 9/11 to one willing to lay down his life for an enemy. His book shines in its readings of the Bible as well as in its sharp distinction between Christianity and nationalism, and in its passionate conviction that the Kingdom of God is not to be realized wholly in the afterlife but here, today, on earth. Written in simple, unequivocal language for a Christian audience, this work mounts a persuasive challenge to any Christian theology that supports military might.