Sunday, August 06, 2006

Christianity and World Peace

Today the Northern Province of the Moravian Church of North America marks its annual Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. In an age in which the media often portrays Christians as only interested in controversial social issues, I'm glad to promote this occasion as an example to a concern that united almost all Christians, as well as members of other religions, regardless of whether they are liberal or conservative.

In a similar vein, I was excited that the newest addition to the statuary at London's Westminster Abbey was a row of statues of 20th century Christian martyrs over an entrance, which you can see below. Most of them fell while promoting goals related to peace and social justice. From left to right, they are Maximilian Kolbe, Manche Masemola, Janani Luwum, Elizabeth Fyodorovna, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oscar Romero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Esther John, Lucian Tapedi, and Wang Zhiming.

Click on the links above for close-ups and biographies.


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