By James E. Will (auth.)
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Its setting in my experience was the ecumenical church, largely my United Methodist Church’s place in the National Council of Churches, yet also in the less institutionally established Christian Peace Conference (CPC), whose base was in Eastern Europe. 0004 A Contemporary Theology for Ecumenical Peace Prof. Josef Hromadka, who had returned to Czechoslovakia soon after World War II to the Comenius Theological Faculty in Prague after ten years in the United States on the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary.
0005 Just Love: The Integral Relation of Love and Justice and justice is the structure of love; neither can be understood separately because neither is what it is when divorced from the other. Love essentially is spiritual energy received with and through God, whose very being is relational love. To know God is to love Her/Him, and to know God perfectly is to love Him/Her with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, as Jesus taught. That is, we are being transformed in this gracious divine relation into love (‘sanctified’ as my Wesleyan tradition puts it).
What originally was a French colonialist war thus became a part of the international ‘cold war,’ in which the United States was increasingly engaged. S. military joined the conflict, first in support of the French, with some American politicians fiercely urging President Eisenhower to wipe out the Communist Vietnamese forces in one stroke by using America’s atomic bomb. With his usual good judgment, he refused; but that wise refusal also meant that after the defeat of the French army, the United States was drawn into a prolonged colonialist war it had not initiated, which some citizens opposed from the beginning, and many more increasingly and more stridently opposed under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, until the war finally ended with America’s defeat and withdrawal.
A Contemporary Theology for Ecumenical Peace by James E. Will (auth.)