Theology: In Defense of Violence

At the heart of the Christian message is peace on earth, good will to men. In spite of this injunction to concord and reconciliation, a growing number of theologians and churchmen are willing to endorse violence and even revolution as a means of achieving social justice. In Detroit last October, at a conference on Church and Society sponsored by the National Council of Churches, one group of delegates argued that Christians should accept violence as a valid means of attacking the problems of racism and poverty. A proposal that will be debated at the World Council of Churches' Fourth...