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sed Obit: Philip Berrigan-Anti-war activist (Dec 2002) (51* d) RE: Obit: Philip Berrigan - Anti-war activist 07 Dec 02


Are you familiar with the context in which the following was written:

'O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?'
- 1 Corinthians 15:55.

After reading comments which obviously elude to this Holy Scripture in an above press release I wonder if Philip Berrigan or possibly his wife may have misinterpreted what Christ, through the apostle, Paul, was teaching us?

I now wonder if the possible misinterpretation of these inspired words of God inspires many well-meaning people to participate in dramatic public protests for which the Berrigans are so well known? By contrast, for instance, the Good Samaritan was quiet (and yet very effective) in his ministering. I personally feel that Christ's Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is replete with admonitions relevant to the cessation of public protest. Read it for yourself. I haven't the energy or perhaps stamina under fire for great debate on this but simply wanted to indicate that there may be another view which disciples might find more Christlike than the duplication of protests such as Berrigan's. I know this will offend some, but that is not my intention. In this world it is quite easy to be misled and to stay that way for a lifetime. I am discomforted by conflict only a little less than I am by lies. Conflict is unavoidable. May we debate in a spirit of love and truth.

Steve Sedberry


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