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 the book and address issues such as how the church should relate to Muslims.
The book is a combined effort of several writers including Sterling’s pro-rata professor, Tom Bronleewe, who wrote a chapter titled, “Loving Our Enemies: Two Military Perspectives.” Smith wrote four of the articles in the book, but was ultimately