Dr. Craig A. Smith, professor of Biblical studies and chair of the religion and philosophy department at Sterling College, has published his third book titled, At the Cross, At the Crossroads: Loving our Enemies in the 21st Century.
“Basically it’s trying to take a holistic approach of loving our enemies,” Smith said, “looking at it in terms of getting a biblical, historical, theological and psychological perspective on it. The goal is to try to see how we’ve looked at our enemies in the past and see where we can make some [improvements].”
Smith uses the text from Matthew 5:43-48 where Jesus commands us to “Love our enemies and pray for those that persecute you” and juxtaposes it with the world’s current political and ethical issues.
Soon after 9-11, Smith was approached by the Avnvil Journal, of which he is a member, and asked for a new book topic. With the issue of loving our enemies being so pertinent today, Smith jumped at the opportunity to write