sacred violence

Converted By Resurrection

We explore the conversion of Saul and the restoration of Peter; two post-resurrection encounters with Jesus that rocked their worlds and have continued to rock the world ever since.  Neither encounter is what most church people would even consider "conversion" today.  These conversions were not "born-again" experiences.  They were conversions away from sacred violence - the idea that God endorses and blesses the use of violence in order to bring about some kind of holiness or righteousness.  This may be where Jesus contrasts most sharply with some Old Testament texts.