America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé

by James E. Atwood
Foreword by Walter Brueggemann

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James Atwood contends that the 30,000 gun deaths America suffers every
year cannot be understood apart from our national myth that God has
appointed America as “the trustee of the civilization of the world” and even
“Christ’s light to the nations.” Because these purposes are noble, and we are
supposedly a good and trustworthy people, violence is sometimes “required” and
gives license to individuals to carry open or concealed weapons, which “save
lives” and can even be “redemptive.”

Atwood, an avid hunter, cautions that an absolute trust in guns and violence
morphs easily into idolatry. Having spent thirty-six years as a Presbyterian
pastor fighting against the easy access to firearms, one of which took the life
of a friend, he uses his unique experience and his biblical and theological
understanding to graphically portray the impact guns have on our society. He
documents how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of
violence, whether they take the form of advanced military technology or a
handgun in the bedside stand, will provide security. He closes with a wake-up
call to the faith community, which he says is America’s best hope to unmask
the extremism of the Gun Empire.

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