Hiroshima Day (8/6/10)

In the summer of 1945, sixty five years ago today, an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic weapon named “little boy” on Japan, leveling a city and killing approximately 140,000 Japanese. On this 65th anniversary of Hiroshima, more than a billion Christians will simultaneously remember a culminating event in the life of Jesus Christ, as today also marks the great Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.

In today’s Huffington Post, Tyler Wigg-Stevenson offers a Meditation on Hiroshima and the Transfiguration:

“It must be one of the extraordinary accidents of history that the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, which marks the annual Feast of the Transfiguration for Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Christians around the world. […] Roughly nineteen centuries [after the Transfiguration event], and sixty-five years ago today, the city of Hiroshima was destroyed with elements that cannot but recall the Transfiguration: a sun-bright white light; a roar from heaven; a cloud; terror; and-most of all-a world that would never be the same…” [link]

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain the source of deep controversy in America. Yet, as Tyler wrote last year in Christianity Today, even those who would seek to legitimize the bombings within the context of World War II should not use them as barriers to disarmament in our day.

In today’s Washington Post On Faith, Jane Smith Bernhardt has an interfaith spiritual reflection on the bombing of Hiroshima. Also, to commemorate the 65th anniversary, Time Magazine has never before seen photographs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Nukes in the News

Don’t miss Jonathan Granoff and Rhianna Tyson Kreger of the Global Security Institute in the Huffington Post, “Countdown to Zero: A Compelling Film With a Critical Message.

John Dear SJ in the National Catholic Reporter, “A Gathering Storm for Hope.

Along with Tyler Wigg-Stevenson’s lecture on moralism and nuclear security given at the Chautauqua Institute — be sure to check out the lecture recaps from the Chautauquan Daily on the other featured speakers at the recent week on disarmament: (1) Jonathan Granoff, “Nuclear issue should be national priority.“, (2) Joe Cirincione, “‘Nuclear Neanderthals’ stand in way of progress.”  (3) Rev. Jim Wallis, “Disarmament battle needs faith community’s backing.” and (4) Sen. Sam Nunn, “Arms reduction essential for future generations.

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