Loving Our Enemies in the Context of War

Jesus Without Baggage

The question of loving our enemies in war is very divisive among Jesus’ followers. Some believe we should never participate in war, while others develop a military family heritage. I cannot say my view is the one all believers must hold, and I cannot say that those who disagree with me are less serious about Jesus or his teaching than I am.

Let me share how I came to my position and why I hold it.


How a Library Book Seriously Inconvenienced My Life

I was raised in a small church with very little awareness of church history. When I was a senior in high school, I discovered a thrilling book in the library called Handbook of Denominations. I never realized how connected denominations were and what they believed.

The book listed contacts for the denominations, and I corresponded many of them. The Mennonites sent me material on pacifism that…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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8 Responses to Loving Our Enemies in the Context of War

  1. What a pleasant surprise James. Thank you!


  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    It’s not THAT out of the ordinary is it? I’ve reblogged your posts before! 😀


  3. You have indeed.

    The surprise was two fold. I was simply coming to your blog to read your post–and it was mine. That was a surprise. The second surprise is that you re-blogged a post that is more controversial than most.


  4. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Yeah, it resonated with me where I am right now—-admiring pacifism, yet being reluctant to take it to an absolute level. I especially liked you bringing your own story into the discussion.


  5. Just curious. You are quite active in blogging and comments. Have you considered a more personalized graphic for your gravitar?

    The one you have is fine, of course. I always recognize it a soon as I see it.


  6. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I’d have to learn how to do that. There is one picture of me that might be a good gravitar! I actually don’t comment much on posts, but I do click “like” on a number of them, and reblog them, so maybe it would be a good idea for me to have a more personalized gravitar.


  7. jesuswithoutbaggage says:

    Hi James,

    I am sorry for the long delay; I have been swamped the last few weeks. It seems that you have not created a photo gravatar. Do you need assistance in getting directions?


  8. jamesbradfordpate says:

    That’s okay, Tim! I’ll stick with this one for now. Thanks!


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