Excuse me if I don’t understand this, but ever since when did nonviolence become the norm in our faith?
Seriously, read the Bible- it’s a violent book. Good guys kill bad guys all the time. And I’m not just talking about those special cases involving mass slaughter of wholesale peoples during the Exodus, but almost every book involves someone getting killed. I was just reading Judith this morning. God blesses the good guys, the bad guys die, the end.
Now sure, some of you might say, well Jesus was nonviolent. Well yes, he was, but look at the Catholic Church. Do you know why people weren’t sculpting anatomically correct Corpuses made out of chocolate in the 13th century? Because if they did they’d be burned alive. Just look at the Albegensian Crusades- that heresy died because The Church killed it- and in doing so killed a lot of people- rightly so, I believe.
It’s not that we think killing is wrong now, but that we don’t think those same things are deserving of the ultimate penalty. It’s just like what CS Lewis said about witches- if we truely believed there were people going around ruining harvests, cursing people and doing horrible things then most people would consider them worthy of death- it’s just that we don’t believe there are such things anymore. However, if we hold to our faith, we cannot believe that in the case of heresy and the mockery of our faith.
Seriously, anti-Christianity has always existed- just look at the Joungulers and the “donkey Mass” of the 12th century. People laughed at it too. If you think that the reason why we’re seeing all this anti-Christianity in our culture is because the “times are changing” or that somehow we are in the midst of something inevitable then you’re completely wrong- those with power change the times and control the times. The only difference is that now power coerces the ‘soul’ and not the body, think about media manipulation for example- but ultimately, it rests on force even though we’re one step removed from the sword in the modern world.
Anyway, I’m not sure what I’m saying here- I’m just asking a historical and theological question. I know you cannot use force to force people to believe, but can’t you use force as a political tool to stop the political power of those who perpetuate heresy? Otherwise- they will take over and squash you into the ground by controlling the society and the norms people accept as true.
Most people are drawn to power and accept power as being synomonous with truth, and in a democracy, what ‘most people think’ will be the rule- the lowest common denominator.