Joe Carter on Enemies

Joe Carter on a “reprehensible” parody of the means of grace, and the importance of restoring honor and humanity to the enemy. Is Waterboarding How We “Baptize Terrorists”? – Sarah Palin, Enemies, and Christian Anthropology.

In our attempts to dehumanize our enemy we end up becoming less than human ourselves.


2 thoughts on “Joe Carter on Enemies”

  1. I am a Life Member of the NRA, and I am appalled at Palin’s crude and hateful remarks. In this case I can only hope she was being insincere and opportunistic, unthinking.

    Here is a partial quote from St. Gregory, Bishop of Rome, c. 540…..
    “…on God’s account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy…..”.

    ‘Exult’, not ‘exist”….St. Gregory did not use a Kindle, thankfully


    1. A chaplain friend of mine happened to post this from Tolkien on Facebook today. It wasn’t in this context, but I thought it was appropriate nonetheless.

      “War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
      ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers


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