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Christian Pacifism

Of Monsters and Mars: How Brian Zahnd Is Saving Evangelical Faith (A Review)

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It would be a mistake to call Brian Zahnd's new book, A Farewell to Mars, "a book about pacifism." It would be an even bigger mistake to call it "a book about Christian pacifism."

Rachel Weeping: A Christian Pacifist Reluctantly Endorses Military Strikes Against ISIS

Kerry Walters | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

It's time for Christians to follow Dietrich Bonhoeffer's example when it comes to ISIS. We Christians should pray for peace, we should support nonviolent relief work with money and sweat, and we should open our homes and communities to refugees.

Rev. Richard Land: Greatest Commandment Justifies Deadly Force

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Land employs both the Golden Rule and Jesus' Greatest Commandment to justify shooting someone to death if necessary, so long as there is a perceived threat against someone you consider your neighbor. But then, why is there nowhere in the Bible that Jesus endorses violence?

The Christian Pacifist Response To The Newtown Tragedy

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

The voice of the Christian pacifist is a quiet one, a patient one. Rather than make grand pronouncements, it sets itself to the work at hand. It speaks love, mercy and hope, and, when all else fails, it makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Wrestling With The Issue Of Military Combat

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

At a time when the fraught situation of our combat troops is so often ignored, let us remember with gratitude that on this particular Thanksgiving weekend at least two men made us face the hard, human questions posed by military combat.

Troy Davis And The Biblical Case(s) For Violence

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Attitudes in biblical texts regarding violence are complex and, at times, irreconcilable. But what, if anything, can these texts teach us today?

My Easter Letter To The IRS

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It has been hard for me to navigate what to do as tax season approaches, with so much of our federal tax money going toward militarism.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.

Should Christians Be Pacifists?

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Christianity is not a religion of pacifism, but neither is it a religion of "valor and gallantry in waging aggressive war in a just cause against the enemies of freedom while inflicting massive casualties in the process."

Are Mennonites Taking Over The World?

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sheldon C. Good

Anabaptism's values of peace, justice and nonviolence are increasingly relevant in our world. I humbly acknowledge this and say, spread the Word!