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Pacifism

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Henry Miller on War

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Arthur Hoyle

War is much in the news these days, to the great distress of the world. There is not a continent on Earth on which some form of violence is expressing our species capacity for hatred and cruelty. What did Henry Miller think of war and how it could be avoided?

The Vulnerability that Makes Peace Possible: An Interview with Stanley Hauerwas

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

I was privileged enough to chat with Stanley Hauerwas on how our theology impacts our perception of the Other, our political allegiances, and our desired response to our enemies.

Memorial Day 2014

Jan Phillips | Posted 07.27.2014 | Arts
Jan Phillips

As a pacifist, I never choose violence as a solution to a problem. As an artist, I put my hope in music. If we had conductors at the borders instead of commanders, we might stand a chance at a world that works.

Guns, Boys, and Steel: Should We Put Pretend Weapons in Our Children's Hands?

Andrew Andestic | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

By the time my second born was 4-years-old he had built an arsenal in the toy room that Rambo would be proud of. Everything, he proved, could be a gun: candy canes, markers, his little sister's diapers, a piece of toast with the bites in all the right places. If he had known about the NRA, he probably would have joined.

Why Pacifism Was Modified: Vladimir Putin

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Strict pacifism's weaknesses glare when we review a bygone era that ran on different assumptions: The fascist threat rendered the political Left less dovish in the 1930s.

Bello Ciao

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 03.04.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

The New Year of 2014 will commemorate the First World War, I will rewrite war songs.

Syria Is an Epic Victory for the Superpower of Peace

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The United States is not now bombing Syria. Let's savor that again: for the moment at least, the United States is not now bombing Syria.

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin -- the Man Behind the March -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Honoring Rustin with the Medal of Freedom tells us something about how far America has come as a nation in the past 50 years. After all, he had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.

An Open Letter To My Fellow Pastors On The Anniversary Of The War In Iraq

Ben Daniel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ben Daniel

If we are honest, you and me, we will acknowledge that our silence during the war in Iraq was a spiritual failure, and it's not too soon to ask what will happen the next time the United States dances off to war on a whim and a cloud of patriotic posturing.

The Bible And Iraq War 10 Years Later

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We can commit to being peacemakers and creating the kingdom that God envisions. We can commit to supporting our military families in every way we can. We can commit to holding our government and military leaders accountable for the decisions that they make about war and conflict. On this 10-year anniversary, isn't this is the least we can pray for and work for in the world?

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

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.

My 9/11 Journey

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

I'm remembering the descent into the surreal. Radio reports told of crashing planes and dropping towers, of Pentagon flames and building evacuations, of stranded passengers in isolated airports.

The Myth Of Redemptive Violence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It's obvious that killing folks in a movie theater is sick and deranged, but the question arises: Is violence ever OK?

Toward An Evangelical Peace Movement

Aaron Taylor | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

It's an axiom that presidents lead us into wars, while Christians provide the flags and the crosses. So it may seem the deck is stacked against American evangelicals organizing into a comprehensive peace movement.

I Support People, Not Troops

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
James Peron

I love watching a child seeing his father's face for the first time in a year, rushing to daddy's arms, crying. I cry with him. I want to see this scene thousands of times over. I want them all home, unharmed. If that is what you mean by "support," then count me in.

Foreign Policy's Amen Corner

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 05.01.2012 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Clearly, religion has provided a shared language for leaders and the public throughout American history. Preston believes it is a "missing link, a vital but unrecognized part of the story."

Zach Carter

Pacifist Activists Deride Bishops Over Birth Control Coverage

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-profile Republicans and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have decried the Obama administration's new contraception ...

Could Mothers Do More?

Katherine Tasheff | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Katherine Tasheff

I want my children to become anything and everything they want to be. But I support and encourage them from the seemingly secure vantage point of life in the U.S. How would my parenting change if their lives were endangered every time they left the house?

How Jacob Was Prepared To Risk His Soul In Confronting Esau’s Evil

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Our forefather Jacob taught us that only by challenging evil and standing up for what is good, can peace be brought to the world. If we can learn from these achievements of the past, then we are likely to repeat them.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Eye For An Eye Or A Third Way?

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If we believe that one life - perhaps even our own - is worth giving up for a change that brings hope to thousands or millions of others, then this third way begins to look like a path worth exploring.

"Machine Gun Preacher" Poses Tough Questions

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

And while Sam Childers doesn't condone violence, he asked me what I would want him to do if the child he was trying to save were mine?

What Would Buddha Do About A Terrorist Attack?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.09.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Wise teachers throughout the ages have echoed Buddha's wisdom. These leaders have never taught weakness, but they have always taught love. And they have overcome greater foes than al Qaeda.