Video from Snowmans374th
God does indeed work in mysterious ways through conflict and through peace. In this scene Lahood sends his son along with his muscle the very large man (Club) played by Richard Kiel.
The Preacher stops Club with a maul to the nose and crouch.
The lesson here is we often forget God is at work in the chaos of our time which we are so intent on correcting even as we leave God out.
"Written by Michael Butler & Dennis Shryack and directed by Eastwood, Pale Rider has a lot of religious overtones, but is not a preachy story. It’s a western but not a typical one. It’s deliberately paced, a bit gritty and moody, but feels mythical. Eastwood is elevating his famous Man with No Name persona to the next logical step, a godlike figure that is incorruptible and indestructible. A little meandering at times, but ultimately very satisfying, Pale Rider is inferior to Eastwood’s next and final Western, Unforgiven, but is still a great film and a must for fans of the genre and the actor/director." from the article: That Moment in Pale rider: Toppling a Giant