Understanding Violence: A Theological Task

Date(s) - 04/11/2015
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Understanding Violence: A Theological Task
April 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

There are many forms of violence in our world: war, terrorism, mass shootings, violent crime, and so forth. The “Why?” question is often given answers from fields such as psychology, sociology, political science, and history. Theology presents an interpretation of violence that is equally advanced and perceptive. While there is a long tradition within theology of wrestling with ethical questions relating to war, the death penalty, and so forth, asking the “Why?” question is just as important as asking “How should we act?” In a world where violence is in the news almost every day, Christians need to pay attention not only to their ethical witness but also to their capacity for understanding the deep roots of violence in the human psyche, a capacity that has been shaped by the Bible and theological reasoning.

20150411_Charles_BellingerCharles K. Bellinger, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics and Theological Librarian, Brite Divinity School
Charles K. Bellinger has served on the faculty at Brite Divinity School since 2000. He has also taught courses for Texas Christian University’s Master of Liberal Arts Program. He earned a PhD in Theology and Ethics at the University of Virginia. His publications include The Genealogy of Violence: Reflections on Creation, Freedom, and Evil (Oxford, 2001), The Trinitarian Self: The Key to the Puzzle of Violence (Pickwick, 2008), and The Joker Is Satan, and So Are We (Churchyard Books, 2010). His main teaching areas are religion and violence, the history of Christian ethics, Søren Kierkegaard, René Girard, and the philosophy of human rights.