As a member of one of the peace churches (christian pacifism) I have serious concerns about this course being taught by an ex-ranger, ex-military chaplain. I want to state that I have not purchased this product yet, and am still contemplating the possibility. However, there are many areas of chaplaincy apart from military chaplaincy, and I sincerely hope that Jeff's course is not overly colored by recounts of warfare, military culture, or his personal interpretation of christian justification for violence and war. There are many, many outstanding chaplains who would have been available to produce an outstanding course on chaplaincy, and I am concerned that Logos sought an instructor who's particular credentials could be polarizing, when other candidates were available, although perhaps not as glamourous.
- I appreciate your comments,however whatever you mean by polarizing applied to those who stand up and fight and protect the weak,must also equally be applied to the pacifist. I would not agree with your premise(christian pacifism) ,but in all candor,If I did I would then want to see something that mirrored my hermeneutical understanding of the scriptures. I'd be concerned if Logos capitulated every time one of us disagreed with their choice. No one is neutral.Therefore I hope that we all will have honest God honoring debate on this issue.
- Timothy, my reference to polarizing was regarding the military, which is not synonymous with "those who stand up and fight and protect the weak", even thought there are undoubtedly members of the military both past and present who have done so. For those who consider non-violence polarizing, apparently by their advocacy of violence (not the same as force), then I would stand with those who choose peaceful non-violence, which most defiantly is a core of my hermeneutical understanding of the scriptures. I am not advocating capitulation in any way, as I am certainly hopeful that the coursework will be well grounded and professional. I am simply pointing out that there are many Chaplains who are not affiliated with the mission, agenda, and priorities of the military who are also qualified to bring outstanding education on the work and experience of Chaplains. The basis for my original post was to comment that there is much chaplaincy that takes place outside the context of the military, and hope that Logos will take advantage of the opportunity to broaden this experience to their customer community.
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