Statesboro, GA, USA
But that's exactly the problem, Stephen -- there can be no such balance. Not Biblically, because there are no degrees of sin, and certainly not historically, because no culture has ever escaped its own brand of crusades or inquisitions.
No doubt. But you're leading us to believe that ALL agression has amounted to those kinds of errors.
Just Curious ... I know the danger of taking this to the extreme, or imagining to fondly and gleefully that we're the instrument of God's judgement, but what do you make of the Old Testament examples of YHWH commanding the Israelites to warfare?
Or does liberal theology do the job for you, and say that's just an fanciful account of something God had little or nothing to do with?
(and Yes, I know that theology has been greatly altered for Christians by the coming of the Prince of Peace, and his frowning upon "living by the sword")
(ps ... to the administrative side of you, Ron, I apologize for not putting all that in ONE reply. - I'll try to do better next time)