Finished reading “Peace Is the Way”

April 21, 2016

Finished reading Peace Is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (2000), edited by Walter Wink. The 55th, and last, chapter is “The Global Spread of Active Nonviolence” by Richard Deats, who was the editor of  at the time of the book’s publication. He writes for the very last sentenceFellowship of the article and of the book, “. . . as Joan of Arc muses in Shaw’s ‘St. Joan,’ ‘Some people see things as they are and ask ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not’” (p. 295).

Those closing words are generally remembered now as spoken by Robert Kennedy, but he got them from George Bernard Shaw. Kennedy’s (and Deats’s) words are slightly paraphrased from what Shaw wrote in his play “Back to Methuselah” (1922) rather than his play “Saint Joan” (1923). I have long thought Shaw’s/Kennedy’s words were very good and important—but I don’t know how to interpret the fact that in Shaw’s play they were words spoken by the serpent to Eve.

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About Leroy Seat

* Born in Grant City, MO, on 8/15/1938 * Graduated from Southwest Baptist College (Bolivar, MO) in 1957 (A.A.) * Graduated from William Jewell College (Liberty, MO) in 1959 (A.B.) * Graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) in 1962 (B.D., equivalent of M.Div.) * Received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology from SBTS. * Baptist missionary to Japan from 1966 to 2004. * Full-time faculty member at Seinan Gakuin University (Fukuoka, Japan) from 1968 to 2004. * Adjunct professor at Rockhurst University from 2006 to 2014.
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