Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History

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CHRISTIAN PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY. Edited by Michael G. Long. Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011. Pp. xx + 348. $40.

The diverse collection in Long's book admirably fills a void in the literature and demonstrates the continuity of Christian nonviolence through history, from its origins in Scripture to the 21st century. The selections include the expected (Origen, Menno Simons, John Howard Yoder), the unexpected (Pelagius, Dwight Moody, and Lucretia Mott), and the downright confounding (Priscilla Cadwallader's prophecy of a divine war against the unrighteous). Positively, the majority of the selections displays a depth of critical analysis that undermines the caricature of pacifism as simplistic and nffive. Readings from Gerrard Winstanley and Ronald J. Sider, for example, explore the interconnections between economic justice and peace, while Vincent Harding and Martin Luther King Jr. examine the injustice of a false peace infected with racism. Similarly, activist Shelley Douglass argues for a peace marked by gender justice, while the Evangelical Environmental Network turns attention toward ecological issues. On the one hand, such readings reflect L.'s own broad understanding of peace and challenge the portrayal of nonviolence as simply "anti-war. …

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