Joel McDurmon

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Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. in Theology from Pretoria University, is the Director of Research for American Vision. He has authored seven books and also serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to the American Vision website. He joined American Vision's staff in the June of 2008. Joel and his wife and four sons live in Dallas, Georgia.

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The Bounds of Love

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What Would Jesus Drink? A S...

4.26 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Restoring America One Count...

4.43 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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God Versus Socialism

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Biblical Logic: In Theory &...

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The Return of the Village A...

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Jesus v. Jerusalem

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The Bible & War in America:...

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The Problem of Slavery in C...

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“[T]he suppression of injustice with greater injustice only fuels righteous indignation, which will spread even if only maintained by a righteous few.”
Joel McDurmon, The Problem of Slavery in Christian America

“Love is not coercion, and the state is only an agent of coercion. It has no other function and can work no other way. Its job is to be the last resort in society: the coercion of criminals through punishment. Its nature and its funding are coercion. Any solution it offers will inescapably be coercive. When we make it the primary agent of healing, we fundamentally alter the nature of society. We ought to have a society in which the power of love drives us to break down all social, class, and political barriers, and to effect healing through private means, private associations, private institutions, counselors, networks, schools, hospitals, charities, businesses, etc. It ought to be driven by giving. Love is giving; selfishness is taking. When we make the state the mover, we make the primary solution one of taking rather than giving. This inverts God's designed order for all human relations, including race relations and racial healing.”
Joel McDurmon, The Problem of Slavery in Christian America

“American slavery was specifically racist slavery. It could not exist apart from racism, and could not be separated from it. Slavery was a massive institution, but its evil was only enabled by the constraints of law and power. Change the law, and you can end the slaver, for the slavery rested on law. But racism rests in the heart and mind. You can change laws, but changing hearts is a whole different matter. Once the slavery was taken away, the racism still existed. The hearts of millions of whiles hated and despised blacks just as before, only now even more so. Now they would have the added insult of an occupying government and military force attempting to make them live as equals - politically at the very least. If the racism remained, unrepentant and unhealed - and it certainly did - the evil would only manifest in a new way.”
Joel McDurmon, The Problem of Slavery in Christian America



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