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Christian Pacifism

(see also Nonviolence Movement, Conscientious Objection, Dorothy Day & Direct Nonviolent Action)

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On the Web: Articles

The Great Christian Schism: Make War, or Make Peace? Don Monkerud, CounterPunch (5/9/03).

Patriotism is Not the Highest Calling. Michael Welch, National Catholic Reporter (4/18/03):22. Christians obliged to set their country right when it is in the wrong.

The Conflict of Ages: A Treatise on the Dichotomy between Military Service & the Kingdom of God [1997]. Daniel H. Shubin (rev. ed. 2002).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

American Friends Service Committee.

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.

Bruderhof Peacemakers Guide.

Catholic Worker Movement.

Church of the Brethren.

Colman McCarthy's Class of Nonviolence. San Antonio Peace Center.

Every Church a Peace Church.

Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Mennonite Central Committee.

Methodist Peace Fellowship.

Pax Christi.

Peace Church.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

Seniors for Peace.


Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The Other Side.

In the Library: Articles

Dempster, Murray W. "Reassessing the moral rhetoric of early American Pentecostal pacifism," Crux 26 (1990):23-36.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Appleby, R. Scott. The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, & Reconciliation (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Arinze, Francis Cardinal. Religions for Peace: A Call for Solidarity to the Religions of the World (NY: Doubleday, 2002).

Aukerman, Dale. Darkening Valley. A Biblical Perspective on Nuclear War (NY: Seabury, 1981).

Berrigan, Philip. Prison Journals of a Priest Revolutionary (ed. Vincent McGee: NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970).

__________. Widen the Prison Gates: Writing From Jails, April 1970-December, 1972 (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1973).

__________ with Fred A. Wilcox. Fighting the Lamb’s War. Skirmishes with the American Empire (Monroe ME: Common Courage, 1996).

Brown, Robert McAfee. Making Peace in the Global Village (Philadelphia, 1981).

Bush, Perry. Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties: Mennonite Pacifism in Modern America (Baltimore, 1998).

Casey, William van Etten (ed.) The Berrigans (NY, 1971).

Chatfield, Charles. For Peace & Justice: Pacifism in America, 1914-1941 (Knoxville: U. of Tennessee, 1971).

Cooney, Robert & Helen Michalowski (eds.) The Power of the People: Active Nonviolence in the US [1977] (Philadelphia: New Society, 1986). History of nonviolent movement through the Vietnam War.

Cox, Harvey (ed.) Military Chaplains: From Religious Military to a Military Religion (NY: American Report, 1973).

Dalton, Frederick John. The Moral Vision of Cesar Chavez (Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2003)

Dear, John. The God of Peace. Toward a Theology of Nonviolence (Maryknoll NY, 1994).

__________. (ed.) Apostle of Peace: Essays in Honor of Daniel Berrigan (Maryknoll NY, 1996).

__________ (ed.) It's a Sin to Build a Nuclear Weapon: The Collected Works on War & Christian Peacemaking of Richard McSorley (Baltimore: Fortkamp, 1991).

Dekar, Paul R. For the Healing of lthe Nations: Baptist Peacemakers (Macon GA: Smith & Helwys, 1993).

Detweiler, Richard C. Mennonite Statements on Peace, 1915-1966: A Historical and Theological Review of Anabaptist-Mennon ite Concepts of Peace Witness & Church-State Relations (Scottdale PA, 1968).

Dombrowski, Daniel A. Christian Pacifism (Philadelphia: Temple U, 1991).

Douglass, James W. The Non-Violent Cross: A Theology of Revolution & Peace (NY: Macmillan, 1968).

__________. Resistance & Contemplation: The Way of Liberation (NY: Doubleday, 1972).

__________. Lightning East to West. Jesus, Gandhi & the Nuclear Age (NY: Crossroad, 1983).

__________. Dear Gandhi: Now What? Letters from Ground Zero (Philadelphia: New Society, 1988).

__________. The Nonviolent Coming of God (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1991).

Driedger, Leo. Mennonite Identity in Conflict (Lewiston NY: E. Mellen, 1988).

__________ & Donald Kraybill. Mennonite Peacemaking: From Quietism to Activism (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1994).

Dyck, Cornelius J. (ed.) The Mennonite Central Committee Story (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1988).

Egan, Eileen. Peace Be With You: Justified Warfare or the Way of Nonviolence (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1999).

Elie, Paul. The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003). Collective biography of leading 20th-C. American Catholic writers Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Walker Percy & Flannery O'Conner.

Goossen, Rachel Waltner. Women Against the Good War: Conscientious Objection & Gender on the American Home Front, 1941-1947 (Chapel Hill: U. North Carolina, 1997).

Hamm, Thomas D. The Quakers in America (NY: Columbia, 2003).

Hanh, Thich Nhat & Daniel Berrigan. The Raft is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist-Christian Awareness (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2000).

Kraybill, Donald B. (ed.) The Amish & the State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1993).

__________ & Marc A. Olshan (ed.) The Amish Struggle with Modernity (Hanover NH: U. Press of New England, 1994).

__________ & C. Nelson Hostetter. Anabaptist World USA (Scottdale PA: Herald, 2001).

Macgregor, G.H.C. The New Testament Basis of Pacifism & the Relevance of an Impossible Ideal [1940] (Nyack NY: FOR, 1960).

McNeal, Patricia. Harder than War. Catholic Peacemaking in 20th-C. America (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1992).

McSorley, Richard. New Testament Basis of Peacemaking [1979] (3rd ed.; Scottdale PA: Herald, 1985).

__________. My Path to Peace & Justice: An Autobiography (Washington: Rose Hill, 2000).

Moses, Greg. Revolution of Conscience: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Philosophy of Nonviolence (NY: Guilford, 1997).

Musto, Ronald G. The Catholic Peace Tradition (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1986).

__________ (ed.) Catholic Peacemakers: A Documentary History (2 vols.; NY: Garland, 1993-96).

Palacek, Mike. Prophets Without Honor (NY: Algora, 2002). Catholic priests imprisoned for opposition to militarism & empire.

Peachey, Urbane (ed.) Mennonite Statements on Peace & Social Concerns, 1900-1978 (Akron PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1980).

Polner, Murray & Jim O’Grady. Disarmed & Dangerous. The Radical Life & Times of Daniel & Philip Berrigan, Brothers in Religious Faith & Civil Disobedience (Boulder: Westview, 1998).

Redekop, Calvin Wall. Mennonite Identity: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives (Waterloo ONT: Conrad Grebel College, 1988).

Sibley, Mulford Q. & Ada Wardlaw. Conscientious Objectors in Prison, 1940-1945 (Philadelphia: Pacifist Research Bureau, 1945).

__________. The Political Theories of Modern Pacifism: An Analysis & Criticism [1944] (NY: Garland, 1972).

__________. The Quiet Battle: Writings on the Theory & Practice of Nonviolent Resistance [1963] (Boston: Beacon, 1968).

__________. The Obligation to Disobey: Conscience & the Law (NY: Council on Religion & International Affairs, 1970).

Sider, Ronald J. Christ & Violence (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1979).

Simon, Arthur. Harvesting Peace. The Arms Race & Human Need (Kansas Cit: Sheed & Ward, 1990).

Swomley, John M. War, Peace & Justice: The Prophetic Record (Kansas City: St. Paul School of Theology, 1985).

Tolstoy, Leo. Writings on Civil Disobedience & Nonviolence (Philadelphia/Santa Cruz: New Society, 1987).

Wallis, Jim. Agenda for Biblical People [1976] (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1984).

__________. The Call to Conversion: Recovering the Gospel for These Times (NY: Harper & Row, 1981).

__________ (ed.) Waging Peace: A Handbook for the Struggle to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982).

__________. Peacemakers: Christian Voices from the New Abolitionist Movement (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983).

__________. Revive Us Again: A Sojourner's Story (Nashville: Abingdon, 1983).

__________ (ed.) The Rise of Christian Conscience: The Emergence of a Dramatic Renewal Movement in the Church Today (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987).

__________ & Joyce Hollyday (eds.) Cloud of Witnesses (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1991).

__________. The Soul of Politics: A Practical & Prophetic Vision for Change (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 1994).

__________. Who Speaks for God? An Alternative to the Religious Right: A New Politics of Compassion, Community & Civility (NY: Delacorte, 1996).

__________. Faith Works: Lessons from the Life of an Activist Preacher (NY: Random House, 2000).

Wilcox, Fred. Uncommon Martyrs: The Berrigans, the Catholic Left & the Plowshares Movement (Reading MA: Addison-Wesley, 1991).

Wink, Walter. The Powers, vol. I: Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984).

__________. The Powers, vol. II: Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces that Determine Human Existence (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1986).

__________. The Powers, vol. III: Engaging the Powers: Discernment & Resistance in a World of Domination (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992).

__________. When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998).

__________. The Powers that Be: Theology for a New Millennium (NY: Doubleday, 1998). Unmasks the "myth of redemptive violence" behind all Christian appeals to support war.

__________ (ed.) Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2000).

Yoder, John Howard. Reinhold Niebuhr & Christian Pacifism (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1961).

__________. The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1977).

__________. When War is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1984).

__________. Neverthless: The Varieties & Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1992).

In the Library: Fiction

Birdsell, Sandra. Katya (Minneapolis: Milkweed, 1999). Ukrainian Mennonites face waves of violence during Russian Revolution.

Johnson, Charles. Dreamer: A Novel (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1998). Martin Luther King, Jr.

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Catonsville Nine: Investigation of a Flame" [2001], dir. Lynne Sachs, 45m. From First Run/Icarus.

"Onward Christian Soldiers" (1995), 50m. From Filmakers' Library.

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