and Idealism about War and Peace
WORLD TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK
TO ADOLF HITLER…
Surviving violent circumstances is still an awful challenge to many today.
These situations are usually more complicated than simplistic belief-systems
suggest. Many prefer not to analyze kill-or-be-killed dilemmas but rather to
live by double standards: in principle, they denounce all violence, but in
practice, they condone violence within limits. They hate war, but they don’t
think the world should have turned the other cheek to Hitler or Al-Qaeda.
The Broken Spear depicts people in life-threatening situations
during the violent Roman time. As they fight, flee or submit, they struggle
to make sense of choices and consequences. When Greek Jason and Jewish
Tabitha become soul-mates in the city of Corinth, they have to deal with
several ethical questions. Facing life-or-death decisions, Jason is guided
by his grandpa’s advice: “You have only one precious life; defend it with
all your might.” When he is eventually sentenced to a gladiator school in
Rome, Jason has to decide: As a Christian, shall I lay down my life or
fight for survival? Is it better to be than not to be? What is my life’s
The story addresses our time: When soldiers and police
make split-second decisions to shoot or not, what principle guides them?
What mindset equips them to handle the relentless pressure applied by
imminent danger and scrutinizing critics? What truth keeps them afloat in
the tempest of doubt and depression? These men, women, and their families
may find the book stimulating to discern and discuss the ethical and
emotional sides of their duties. A war-weary nation may come to realize
that turning its back on victims of violence is neither wise nor humane.
pastoral counselor, the author assisted victims to become victors. His
training and experience regarding spiritual and emotional matters enabled
him to view the problem from various angles. He did post-graduate research
on the self-concept, and published three devotional Bible-studies, covering
most of the Bible, before he wrote The Broken Spear.
Like the epics, The
Robe and Ben Hur, THE BROKEN SPEAR plays out
in the harsh but intriguing Roman world
of the first century.
Four young Corinthians
get into a
double love-triangle at the time
when the apostle Paul reaches their sinful city with the holy gospel.
Roman, Greek, Jewish, and
Christian values clash and mingle,
pushing them into hard choices and gripping adventures.
When forces beyond their
control bring them together in a place of horror,
old beliefs are turned upside down.
only have a broken spear for
Broken Spear intertwines love and hate, adventure and survival,
faith and doubt, yearning and closeness, persecution and victim victory.
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