When Evil Strikes
Faith and the Politics of Human Hostility
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"When Evil Strikes is a thorough, comprehensive, engaging, incisive and practical book that invites all of us to understand who we are and how to work together in fighting the hostility that threatens to destroy us. This book is a huge contribution to a relevant and urgent conversation on the subject of evil and hostility. Bravo!"
--Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, ECWA General Secretary and Executive Secretary, Evangel Fellowship International; Author of African Christian Theology
"This is no discussion of peacemaking from the safety and comfort of an ivory tower perspective. Sunday Agang lives in the midst of unpredictable danger and terrible violence. With deep love, sober honesty, and a passionate commitment to the Gospel, he courageously calls Christians to choose the way of peace and he provides wisdom for how to pursue it. While his context is Nigeria, his message is for followers of Jesus around the world."
--Christine D. Pohl, Professor of Social Ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary
"The book, When Evil Srikes, written by Professor Sunday B. Agang is about how Christians should respond to insurgency, terrorism, violence, discrimination, marginalization, or persecution. The author used Nigeria as a case study and the social context characterized by ethno-religious crises and conflicts. Faced with this problematic and challenging context, the major question is, 'How should Christians in particular respond to the social upheavals and the presence of widespread violence in human society. But to be more precise, 'How should Christians respond to human propensity to violence?' Should Christians respond in the same way as racists, tribalists, religious bigots, militants, jihadists, or terrorists? If Christians are to be different, what essentially makes their difference? Do they have a theology and an ethic that can address specifically our current state of insurgency, terrorism, and human violence? The author took a major task of formulating of a theology and an ethic for Christian discourse and contribution to human peaceful and harmonious coexistence. The root of human propensity to violence must be acknowledged and addressed which occurred in the fall of mankind in Genesis 3. Any social upheaval that works against the well-being (freedom, justice, equality, dignity, and rights) of any human being amounts to violence. Seeing how social violence has become the order of the day in human society, Professor Agang was driven to spend his spiritual, intellectual and social skills in finding a relevant and effective theology and ethic for addressing the issues of Christian response to violence in Nigeria in particular and the world at large. I have read almost all his available writings on this subject and found out that this is the best ever theological and ethical analysis and solution to the subject, the Christian and violence. This book offers the best treatment of this subject of any theologian in Africa, so far. Other scholars exhibit but only a weak Christian response to violence. This book is a masterpiece in modern biblical scholarship in peacemaking and peacekeeping. It is fascinating, insightful, intriguing, and critical. It is worth reading. The author draws new insights, interpretations, and criticisms from the wealth of biblical materials and scholarship, especially from the perspectives of theology, social ethics, and public policy. Professor Agang has great potentials of becoming an outstanding scholar of World Peace."
--Yusufu Turaki, Distinguished Professor of Theology and Social Ethics, Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria
"Using the tools of biblical theology and Christian ethics, Dr. Agang wrestles hard with the concrete problems of contemporary Nigeria. This book represents a new generation of Nigerian Christians who are dissatisfied with the past failure of the church to fundamentally transform Nigerian society. . . . But When Evil Strikes is important for far more Christians than just those in Nigeria and Africa generally. At a basic level, Christians everywhere face the same fundamental problems. Christians everywhere must decide how to respond to corrupt, ineffective politicians, widespread poverty, and violent threats to peace and justice from militant extremists."
--Ronald J. Sider, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University