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Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History
Orbis Books / 2011 / Paperback
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Does Christianity teach an ethics of non-violence? Long features excerpts from 116 Christian thinkers over the centuries who say "yes": Justin Martyr to Martin Luther King, Jr.; Basil of Caesarea to George Fox; Erasmus to Menno Simons. An extraordinary collection that both stimulates and challenges. 368 pages, softcover.
From the Sermon on the Mount to the twenty-first century, this comprehensive reader recounts the Christian message of peace and nonviolence. Through testimony by the confessors and martyrs of the early church, the voices of medieval figures like St. Benedict and St. Francis, as well as Erasmus, Lollards, Anabaptists, and Quakers abolitionists, Christian Peace and Nonviolence presents a coherent story in which the peace message of Jesus is restored to central place. Later sections highlight many of the great prophets of modern times, including Tolstoy, Dorothy Day, A.J. Muste, Thomas Merton, Daniel Berrigan, and Oscar Romero. Their challenge remains timely and urgent. As John Haynes Holmes observed, "If war is right then Christianity is false, a lie."
Christian Peace and Nonviolence is not only intellectually compelling but also inspirational. It is more than a reference work. It is a witness.
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