We took the family out to London’s Imperial War Museum for an easter egg hunt, actually more of a war symbol hunt with a prize at the end. A really moving experience to be at the war museum. It triggered emotions that were strange to me. I wonder if thats because i am too young to remember any wars, except watching Desert Storm on CNN from a TV in Portland Oregon. War is always horrible to me and it triggers disgust and terror and I was surprised to find, among that disgust, elements of beauty, innovation in fashion (camouflage), communal closeness, the thrill of a cunning strategy, the exhileration of VE day, the effort to conserve resources and give sacrificially to the war effort.
I wonder if my lack of war experience has made me emotionally immature in that area and has prevented me for understanding war and how it relates to theology and God.
I wonder if older people have the same experience i had when they enter an art museum and have their emotions assaulted with disgust and surprise and wonder and dont know how to navigate their experience.
Art and war. Older people seem to equate ministry with war and give it military terms. Younger people sometimes use the language of art to describe spiritual experiences and ministry projects. Interesting when the two come together.
Question? When did the church develop a theology of war. A book I read recently [The First Crusade by Thomas Asbridge] claimed it was during the First Crusade. Anyone know?