This month we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, killed an estimated 200,000 men, women, and children, the great majority of whom were civilians. Nagasaki was the center of Japanese Catholicism in 1945.
I must admit that I don’t pay as close attention to these signs as I should, especially, if I am running late for a Pax Christi meeting, or a ballgame, or a party…or whatever. Now this doesn’t mean that I blindly enter highways without looking; it just means that I am impatient, that I do not carry peace in my heart.
The use of nuclear weapons is a crime against humanity. Nuclear weapons should be banned and eliminated without delay. Now is the time for us to join hands with citizens, local and national governments and the United Nations to open the door to a world without nuclear weapons.
By Parker Brown Originally published in The Spirit of Grace, Grace Episcopal Church, Syracuse, New York. Reasonable Christianity is an oxymoron. The Gospels bristle with categorical imperatives, which have nothing to do with measured or reasonable behavior. In Luke 14:25-33, for example, we find Jesus demanding that discipleship come ahead of family and laying down the […]