To desensitize soldiers to killing, they are taken through a training method of brutalization, classical conditioning, operant conditioning and role modelling. This article argues that by displaying violence and killing, the media uses the same method. Thus, we reap a culture of violence. What can the church do to help change the culture?
The election of Israel to be the people of God is a significant theme in the Old Testament. This special position of Israel has offended many people both in the ancient and modern world. In a world of "equal opportunity," people argue that the idea of election leads to violence because it in effect defines all other nations as the enemy. The elect and the non-elect are seen as antagonistic categories.
Looking at Deuteronomy 7 this article shows how texts dealing with violence and the idea of genocide should be understood in the Old Testament. They reveal the judgment of God, that God is the one who acts. The author shows how Christians should deal with these texts today through the eyes of Christ's work.
After showing that violence is something neither glorified nor encouraged in the Bible, this article shows the relation of violence in the Old Testament to God, and identifies how in Christ God changed this in the New Testament, while it distinguishes biblical violence from genocide and vengefulness.