Pacifism in church history

Jan 9, 2020 by

There is not a single extant Christian author before Constantine (in the fourth century) who said killing or joining the military by Christians is ever legitimate. Whenever the surviving Christian texts...

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U.S. MBs submit letter to national service commission

Dec 9, 2019 by

The U.S. Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches submitted a letter on Nov. 8 to the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, affirming “many of the convictions” that other...

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MBs have retreated from Anabaptist roots

Nov 11, 2019 by

The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches’ refusal to act in solidarity with virtually all other Mennonite groups in attempting to influence the National Commission on Military, National and Public...

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A Civil War question: Can one hate both slavery and war equally?

Jan 30, 2019 by

I have long been interested in a quite challenging moral issue: How can we overcome evil without adding to the evil? This issue is central to the philosophy of nonviolence, and I think it should be central to...

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A fool’s errand

Jun 6, 2016 by

It is ironic that in response to a Catholic statement renouncing the “just war” ethic, a Mennonite editorial declares its benefits (“Can War Be Just?,” May 23). Why this surprising turnabout? In part,...

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Can war be just?

May 23, 2016 by

The just-war theory is both bad and good. This is not a contradiction. For nonresistant Christians, it is bad. Pacifism is a way of life, not a case-by-case call. For nonpacifists, the principles for judging...

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Just-war theory appraised

Apr 25, 2016 by and

A first-of-its-kind conference April 11-13 in Rome gathered Catholic educators and activists around the idea of moving beyond just-war theory to a greater emphasis on proactive peacemaking and Jesus’...

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Just-war thinking

Mar 28, 2016 by

Regarding “Whom to Thank for Hope?” (Feb. 29): Earnest just-war thinkers would agree with Levi Miller’s assertion that “not all conflict and violence can be solved by nonviolence and negotiation,...

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Your scapegoat “pacifism”

Dec 19, 2014 by

Dec. 12, a deputy editor of First Things, Matthew Schmitz, posted a rather unusual piece: “Our Partial Pacifism.” It starts out with the bold statement, “I am inclined to blame pacifism for...

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