"Christian soldiers" is a term loaded with cultural baggage; to some it inspires pride, but to others it may invoke disgust. Although some Christians might self-identify metaphorically as Christian soldiers, there are some for whom this term is inescapably personal. Those for whom this phrase is not some metaphorical abstraction, but a material reality, are caught at the crosshairs of two highly taboo topics - religion and politics.
In this course, I will introduce you to the long history of Christian soldiers and the way in which their story is still alive today in the congregations and communities around the world. I'll share statistics that will show how important this specific demographic is not just for churches, but for any institution, large or small. The primary learning objective for this course is to take the weight of moral discernment about war, which falls on the shoulders of Christian soldiers alone when we make religion and politics taboo, and distribute it amongst communities rather than individuals.