David M. Smolin


The lines between bearing witness and producing entertainment, between genuine outrage and self-righteous apathy can be initially difficult to discern. Such differences lie in the difficult areas of ethics, religion, and the hidden recesses of the human heart. Nonetheless, over thousands of years various world religions have sought to come to terms with the deepest questions pertaining to intention, action, and ethics, and particularly with the manner in which human beings are trained in ways of life or death. This Essay shall include some specifically Christian theological perspectives on the dilemmas that draw us toward the specter of genocide as spectacle.