violence, study, faith & links


V-for-violenceMonday through Saturday each week here on my blog I now post links to articles I’ve found to be interesting or helpful in some way. They make up the this went thru my mind posts.

These articles deal with a myriad of subjects and what you’ll find posted each day is quite random. However, starting this Sat., Jan. 19, all of the links I’ll post on Saturdays (through the course of 2013 at any rate) underĀ this went thru my mind will deal with some aspect of physical violence, instruments of violence, or responses to violence. These links will be to some of the articles, posts, and resources I’ve come across as I make 2013 a year of special study for myself on this subject. I’m sharing them with you here in an an attempt to help keep us all a bit more aware of some of the information, conversations, happenings, and ponderings related to this violent world of ours.

What sort of violence?“, you ask. Specifically, all matters pertaining to physical violence in any form. Since the easiest way for you to get a sense of what we’ll be talking about is to simply list some of the terms I’ll likely use for tags on these posts, here’s just such a list:

abortion, abuse, aggression, arson, assassination, assault, beatings, bombings, bullying, brutality, capital punishment, child abuse, collateral damage, conscientious objector, contact sports, death, domestic violence, drones, drone strikes, elder maltreatment, ethnic cleansing, euthanasia, execution, genocide, guns, gun control, homicide, infanticide, just war, lynching, manslaughter, military, military service, murder, national defense, non-violence, pacifism, pacifist, rape, self-defense, sexual violence, shootings, suicide, terrorism, torture, violence, violent crime, war, war crimes

Why am I posting such?” I’m aware of four reasons at the moment.

  1. To gather into one place some of my findings as I research this subject.
  2. To help clarify my own understanding of faith and violence.
  3. To share my findings with others who are interested in the same.
  4. To attempt to break through a bit of (what I perceive to be) callousness, closed-mindedness, disinterest, indifference, lack of concern, and/or misinformation in the hearts and minds of many Americans today to giving serious consideration to this subject.

Naturally then, if you are aware of articles, posts, or resources you’ve found helpful or interesting that you’d like to share with me, please do so. And, of course, I covet your prayers this year as I delve into this topic.

A final note. My posting of links on violence on Saturdays does not mean you won’t find this subject occasionally dealt with on other days of the week here. Quite the opposite. I will occasionally write articles or share article and book excerpts with you here on other days. It simply means you won’t typically see collections of links to other resources on violence here on days other than Saturday. To make it easy for you to spot at a glance which posts on any given day of the week deal with violence, all of them will be marked with a pic of a “flaming V,” like the one you see in this post.

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