Shane Claiborne has been an inspiration to many ever since his book The Irresistible Revolution came out, with its ‘What if Jesus really meant what he said’ message. For the last 20 years Shane has been trying to live out Jesus’s message in a deprived area of Philadelphia, where he founded the new monastic community, The Simple Way. This journey has led him to a commitment to non-violence, ‘from womb to tomb’, which has been tested on many occasions. So tune in for a challenging and counter-cultural conversation.

 

If you want to dig deeper into the issues Shane raised in this interview (particularly in relation to the death penalty), then check out his book Executing Grace. And for a more general look at the idea of a commitment to non-violence, check out A Faith Not Worth Fighting For, a book that Shane contributed to.

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2 comments on “Shane Claiborne – A Faith Not Worth Fighting For (N151)

  1. Debs Erwin Sep 12, 2017

    This was a great interview, Shane comes across as the real deal and has an infectiously joyful way with him. There was an opportunity in unpacking this interview to explore structural violence. Violence isn’t just about physical or verbal attacks but it’s also systemic e.g. poverty can be described as a form of violence. It might be tempting to feel smug that in the UK the death penalty has been abolished unlike in Shane’s context but we’re all complicit in the various ways violence gets perpetuated – whether it’s the arms that are produced, sold, exported and used in violent conflicts around the world or gender-based violence that is fuelled by inequality, sexism and misogyny. And that presents some very deep challenges to us if we want to be committed to non-violence in the way of Jesus.

    • Thanks, Debs. I agree. And my commitment to non-violence also got me reflecting deeply about my relationship with animals as well. Tim