Tag: Non-violence

History is Not Your Friend<span class='secondary-title'>Christian Pacifism and the Imagined Past</span>
Christian Practice, Church History, Religion and Politics

History is Not Your FriendChristian Pacifism and the Imagined Past

It perhaps goes without saying that we have a tendency to construct our historical narratives less out of concern for accurately depicting the past and more out of a desire to make sense of the present, particularly where “making sense” means finding in history evidence for our own views with respect to contemporary debates. In…

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On Non-Violence, Defense, and Victory in the Context of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine
Religion and Conflict

On Non-Violence, Defense, and Victory in the Context of the Russian Aggression against Ukraine

First of all, let me make my standpoint clear: I am from Ukraine, I am Orthodox, I have experience and interest in peacebuilding, and I co-translated the document For the Life of the World: Towards the Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church (FLOW) into Ukrainian and Russian. I find this document a profound and inspiring…

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Violence and Non-Violence: From Constantine to Ukraine
Religion and Conflict, Religion and Politics

Violence and Non-Violence: From Constantine to Ukraine

It can be difficult to fathom the mindset of the followers of Jesus in the early to mid fourth century, as they gradually abandoned their commitment to the Way of total love towards all, even enemies. Before being called Christians, the disciples of Jesus were known as the people of the Way. What Way? The Way that…

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The Two Swords: Christians and Their Weapons
Ethics, Religion and Politics

The Two Swords: Christians and Their Weapons

by Mark Arey | български | ქართული | Ελληνικά | Русский | Српски And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords!”  Jesus said to them, “It is enough.” – Luke 22:38 Americans, especially American Christians, have a fixation on their so-called “God-given Second Amendment Right” to arm themselves to the hilt. I know many…

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Ethics, Holy and Great Council

War and Peace in Today’s World

by Nicholas Sooy “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” offers timely statement on war, peace, and justice. The nature of conflict has evolved and the Church needs to counsel the faithful on the peacemaking vocation. This document offers an authoritative peace stance, and makes recommendations, but these are mostly too vague and…

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