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Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History
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 Nonviolen ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Orbis Books
(first published May 15th 2011)
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This was a fantastic overview of Christian advocacy for nonviolence and peace throughout the centuries of Church history. Most evangelicals today consider nonviolence (what they dismiss as "pacifism") to be a quaint, odd hangover from the influence of hippies and beatniks, a relatively new phenomenon in Church history. Perhaps they admit most of the Church prior to Constantine advocated such things, but since then there has been a monolithic agreement among theologians and scholars against this ...more
A "broadly ecumenical reader [on] the Christian message of peace and nonviolence," with excerpts from Scripture and authors from the early church through the present. While I found it to be a valuable resource, it is heavily weighted toward 20th and 21st century texts (more than half the book) and the essays/excerpts are of uneven quality and very repetitive. I would have liked to have read more and longer excerpts from early and medieval sources. I especially enjoyed C.H. Spurgeon's anti-war es ...more
An outstanding collection of writings from the Old Testament Prophets through The Sermon on the Mount and continued on through the early church fathers and up until today...the book documents the 2000 plus year history of nonviolent resistance and pacifism within the Christian tradition. Ecumenical and wide ranging, you have Quakers, Conservatives, progressives, feminists, traditionalists and everything in between united by a radical vision of thwarting the impulse of violence and ushering in lo ...more