No More Cheeks to Turn?
When a Christian has “turned the other cheek” only to be slapped on the other, what options remain? How should Christians respond to violence against them?
These are not questions Sunday Agang takes lightly, for he has lost family and friends to violence in his home country of Nigeria. He understands what it is to be angry and want revenge. In this book he tells of his own journey from an angry young pastor to a peacemaker. The questions Dr Agang asks throughout are intended to help Christians understand the practical implications of a Christ-centred theological response to violence.
Sunday deals sensitively with feelings and experiences that he understands all too well, feelings of fear, mourning, frustration, and anger. In the end, however, he still summons us to follow the costly way of our Lord Jesus. He invites us to recount stories of hope, rather than stories that incite more violence.
Asbury Seminary, USA
It is my pleasure to recommend this book most highly not only to individual Christians but also to churches and community groups. It will repay careful consideration and study, and by the grace of God, can become a powerful tool in the much needed transformation of society today.
The Most Rev Dr Benjamin A. Kwashi
Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria
Table of Contents
- Foreword by Archbishop Kwashi
- Foreword By Craig Keener
- 1. Living in Darkness and the Shadow of Death
- 2. The Sources of Violence in Africa
- 3. Praying the Imprecatory Psalms
- 4. The Roots of Violence
- 5. Responses to Violence
- 6. Oppressed and Oppressors
- 7. Jesus and the Kingdom of God
- 8. From Hate to Forgiveness
- 9. Speaking for Truth
- 10. The Bible and Suffering
- 11. The Way of Jesus
- 12. So What Do We Teach?
- 13. So What Do We Do?
- 14. Does Non-violence Work?
- 15. Living by Kingdom Values
- 16. Conclusion
- Appendix 1: “Christian Response to Violence: An Emerging Theological Paradigm?” by Gideon Para-Mallam
- Appendix 2: Religious Trends and Issues in Nigeria
- Further reading