Tuesday, February 4, 2014

War is Here to Stay

The husband and I don’t get a newspaper on a regular basis. Just once in a while. I have a good friend, Gale, who does get the paper and she is so kind as to save the “books” pages and she passes them on to me. (Thank you, Gale!!)

On Sunday, January 19, 2014 there was an article by Gaylord Dold entitled “War is here to stay, thanks to evolution, author says” This is an article about Christopher Coker’s Book “Can War Be Eliminated?”

Interesting article. You can read the article in it’s entirety H.E.R.E..

Coker gives an answer to his question “Can War Be Eliminated?”  His answer is No. His argument in his book – according to Dold is “…a centrality emerging at the pace of evolution’s long arc, which includes the primate’s genetic propensity to align in-groups against out-groups, territorial instincts……. and evolution’s selection of warrior abilities.”

It’s an interesting article and Dold did a great review on the book.

However, I have a much simpler answer to Christopher Coker’s question.

No, I agree with him,  war will never be eliminated. But I don’t believe it has anything to do with the evolution of war. Yes, we have people fighting over territories, freedoms, – or lack of, our war fighting abilities have ‘progressed’ if you really consider it progress – but there is one reason and one reason only that we have wars.

Jesus says to believers  in Matthew, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen.

Mark writes, “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened. Those things must take place.

Luke tells us,”When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

There will always be war because God says there will always be war.  But it is interesting to read [hear] people explain their version of “Can War Be Eliminated?’

Good review by Gaylord Dold.

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