Greg Boyd recently shared his thoughts on being in on a panel/debate with the likes of Chuck Colson and Shane Claiborne [which must have been quite entertaining knowing the plurality of opinion and perspective the three hold].
Anyway, the post is brilliant, but here's the money quote:
Finally, I have to say that the best lines of the debate went to Shane. Three times the crowd applauded after he spoke (Chuck and I got zero). The most insightful, I thought, was when he responded to Colson's citation of Bonhoeffer's attempt to assassinate Hilter as an example of how Christians need to participate in politics and sometimes resort to violence. Shane told a story (of course) of a film he watched that interviewed Hilter's chief secretary. She said that it was "miraculous" how Hilter escaped unharmed when the bomb Bonhoeffer's group planted exploded. This reinforced Hilter's sense of divine mission at a time when it was wavering and encouraged him to carry out his genocidal programs more enthusiastically. Shane said that as much as he respects Bonhoeffer, "the cross lost when that bomb went off." Wow.
Hmmm. A great reminder that violence only begets more violence.