“The Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” by Rev. Travis G. Kaenel

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Taoism, also spelled Daoism, is a school of thought or religion that originated in China over 2000 years ago. The literal translation of the Chinese character “Tao” is “the way.” Lao Tzu, widely considered the founder of Taoism, is said to have lived around 400-500 BC. The important Taoist principles are spontaneity, simplicity and living in harmony with nature. Taoist philosophical principle rested on a belief in the law of unity of the two opposite forces: yin and yang. One of the quotes in his principal text Tao Te Ching reads: “He who excels as a warrior is not warlike.”

Today’s sermon will compare some of the similarities of the tenets of Taoism to the Christian Bible.

Rev. Travis G. Kaenel was raised as a Nazarene Christian and served as an evangelist. He spent much of his free time visiting temples, disadvantaged areas, and teaching the Gospel. He went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Applied Theology at CBU and was ordained shortly after. He has preached at various churches and conducted weddings. He also earned an Associate’s degree in Computer Science, & worked in AI as a Software Engineer.

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