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Younger Christians lead in movement to ban nuclear weapons

..the real zeal comes from evangelicals 40 years old and younger…..  the ones really moving the ball forward on this are younger Christians who say that the 21st century is not one that’s going to be secured by nuclear weapons……………..there’s no legitimate theological basis in the Bible for Christians to justify the killing of innocents. Nuclear weapons also violate the “just war” criteria,”

A Christian Voice Argues for Banning Nuclear WeaponsAtomic weapons make for bad security and bad theology, evangelical activist Tyler Wigg-Stevenson argues, Politics and Policy, By Alex Kingsbury  September 1, 2010 Even if the “New START” nuclear arms reduction treaty is ratified by the Senate (and that is uncertain after Senate sponsors postponed debate this week until fall, at the earliest), the United States and Russia will still maintain large arsenals of missiles on hair-trigger alert.

Meanwhile, other nations are tempted to join the nuclear-weapons club, seeing that as a way to boost both their influence and their security. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, who heads the Two Futures Project, is a leader in an antinuclear movement among young evangelicals who view those weapons as both morally unjustifiable and actually dangerous to national security. He discussed the issues with U.S. News. Excerpts:

….”For two decades, there hasn’t been a robust public discussion about the future of nuclear security and about what we are supposed to do with this legacy of the Cold War……..the real zeal comes from evangelicals 40 years old and younger. There’s a sense of blessing from the older leaders, but the ones really moving the ball forward on this are younger Christians who say that the 21st century is not one that’s going to be secured by nuclear weapons……………..there’s no legitimate theological basis in the Bible for Christians to justify the killing of innocents. Nuclear weapons also violate the “just war” criteria,”

A Christian Voice Argues for Banning Nuclear Weapons – US News and World Report

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