Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release
August 7, 2015
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“Tomorrow’s peace and security depends on a realistic Christian view of our fallen world, where war, poverty and oppression are the historic norms.”
-IRD President Mark Tooley
Washington, DC—Sunday August 9 marks the 70th anniversary of atomic blast at Nagasaki, after Hiroshima on August 6, leading to Japan’s surrender on August 15, ending World War II, the most lethal calamity in human history.
IRD President Mark Tooley commented:
“Christians should recall these too often neglected events with sober reflection and gratitude for 70 years of relative global peace accompanied by unprecedented prosperity, reduction of poverty and increase in global health and longevity. The not in coincidental dramatic surge in global Christianity is also an unprecedented historical phenomenon meriting thanks.
“Today’s approximate peace and prosperity are divine mercies realized through the sacrifice of precious generations. Too many have forgotten the lessons of the past, and too many Christians would repeat past mistakes by reverting to statism, pacifism, appeasement, and Utopianism.
“Tomorrow’s peace and security depends on a realistic Christian view of our fallen world, where war, poverty and oppression are the historic norms.
“As we remember the past, we must by God’s grace be vigilant about the future.”