November 20, 2007

Non-violent Mahdi, militant Christ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 1:34 pm


Weinland’s Christ is neither unique in His militancy nor entirely representative of Christian eschatology — Dr Anthony McRoy, for instance, in a paper delivered at the same conference as the Mahdist quote above, declares:

We do not find any idea of physical Sacred Violence in the New Testament. Jesus rejected physical force against His captors in Gethsemane, Matthew 26:52, noting that He could call on angelic legions if He wished. We also find that Christian Sacred Violence is not directed against human beings, but is of a spiritual nature, aimed at the demonic realm, Ephesians 6:12.

The extent of the Mahdi’s non-violence, too, is unclear — in the same paper cited here, the author writes:

Sufyaani will despatch his army to Mecca in order to destroy Imam Mahdi, however Imam Mahdi’s army will easily defeat Sufyaani’s army.


Tracing the variants of eschatological doctrines is a tricky business, but one that we are well advised to undertake if we are to understand the forces unfolding around us.


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