August 9, 1945



On this date — August 9, 1945 — the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. The bomb was the equivalent of detonating 22,000 tons of TNT. Over 80,000 people were killed, not counting those who for many years suffered because of radiation poisoning. Many theologians, including myself, have argued that the use of nuclear weapons is immoral and unacceptable to humanity. Furthermore, rather than using nuclear weapons as threats, we should move toward global nuclear disarmament. There are many sane reasons for this, including the fact that a nuclear weapon is qualitatively different from any other weapon, and therefore should never be used by a nation, and that these weapons, more than helping a nation win a war, actually have the power to destroy civilization. In other words, no one wins a nuclear war. To the surprise of some, I am not a Pacifist. I think — when a last resort — that there is a time and place when a nation must go to war. But as a person of faith, committed to the wholeness of the planet and wanting to honor Jesus as the Prince of Peace, nuclear weapons, in my opinion, run counter to everything I know to be true about God and everything I hope is true for the human family. We are living in a perilous time right now. I’m praying for peace. I am praying that our tension with N. Korea deescalates and stabilizes. But for now I am Taking a Breath and repeating my mantra — A nuclear “option” is no option at all.







  1. Wisdom. Thank you. Your words bring me peace – and I need that

  2. I have a beautiful Korean daughter-in-law whose presence in our lives has been such a blessing. I pray for her family and all in South Korea who are potentially in harms way. God bless them with consistent prayers that level heads will prevail.

  3. Our daughter-in-law, Young Hae, and grandson,Charlie, arrived from South Korea this morning. We are thanking God for their safe arrival back in the US.

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