God—a victim of violence

david bentley_hart-620x350Christians, indeed, have a special obligation not to forget how great and how inextinguishable the human proclivity for violence is, or how many victims it has claimed, for they worship a God who does not merely take the part of those victims, but who was himself one of them, murdered by the combined authority and moral prudence of the political, religious, and legal powers of human society.

― David Bentley Hart,
Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution
and Its Fashionable Enemies