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  • nonresistance.org - Home Page
    the blue menu bar to get to the literature that is now available We continue to add new material so check back once in a while Last update May 23 2015 We have transcribed and posted the complete works of Leo Tolstoy on nonviolence Check out our Tolstoy page Main Page May 23 2015 Essay How Many 1850 1900 October 16 2011 The Daily Calendar of Peace and War by John Hemmenway Main Page July 30 2011 Essay Greater Love 1850 1900 July 30 2011 The Early Christians Estimate of War and Self Defense by Josiah W Leeds Tolstoy July 30 2011 Audio book links added Tolstoy January 3 2011 Capital Punishment and Christianity Thou Shalt Kill No One Love One Another Sermon Christianity Violence and War A look at the four basic Christian positions on violence and war and their scriptural basis The audio requires RealPlayer which you can download for free from real com You must enable RealPlayer Tools Preferences Playback Settings Instantly play What is nonresistance A brief explanation of the principle of nonresistance Essay Why nonresistance org How I got from there to here Essay But I tell you Thoughts on the Sermon on the Mount Essay Court Testimony My days on jury duty in municipal court Essay Greater Love A difficult Bible verse is explained Essay How Many Questions for Memorial Day Gandhi is widely quoted as saying The only people on Earth who do not see Christ and His teachings as nonviolent are Christians We are looking for a primary reference for this quote We are looking for English translations of the writings of Petr Chelcicky a Czech reformer of the early 15th century who was arguably the father of modern nonresistance teaching His given name also appears as Peter or Petrus and there

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  • What Is Nonresistance?
    a divine spring of action which intuitively and spontaneously dictates the doing of good to others whether they do good or evil It operates independently of external influences and being in its nature absolutely unselfish is not affected by the merit or demerit of its objects It does not inquire Am I loved Have I been benefited Have my merits been appreciated Shall I be blessed in return Or am I hated injured cursed and condemned Whether others love or hate bless or curse benefit or injure it says I will do right I will love still I will bless I will never injure even the most injurious I will overcome evil with good Therefore its goodness is not measured by or adjusted to the goodness of others but ever finds in itself a sufficient reason for doing good and nothing but good to all moral agents Jesus in whom flowed the full current of this divine love the sublime efflux of the heavenly nature laying hold of the great commandment Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself drew it forth from the ark of the Mosaic Testament all mildewed and dusky with human misapprehension and struck from it the celestial fire The true principle was in it but men could not clearly perceive it much less appreciate its excellence He showed that the neighbor intended was any human being a stranger an enemy a bitter foe anyone needing relief or in danger of suffering through our selfishness anger or contempt the greatest criminal the worst wretch of our race Hence knowing that the entire wisdom of this world had justified injury to injurers hatred to enemies and destruction to destroyers he reversed the ancient maxims abrogated the law of retaliation and proclaimed the duty of unlimited forbearance mercy and kindness Imperfect religion worldly minded philosophy and vindictive selfishness had concurrently declared There is a point beyond which forbearance ceases to be a virtue He swept away this heartless delusion with a divine breath and sublimely taught obedient and everlasting adherence to the law of love as well toward offenders injurers and enemies as toward benefactors lovers and friends I say unto you take not life for life eye for eye and tooth for tooth Smite not the smiter to save thine own cheek Give to him that asketh and turn not the borrower away Love your enemies bless them that curse you do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you that ye may be the children of your Father in Heaven For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust For if ye love and salute and do good to them that love you what are ye better than the publicans Be like your Father in Heaven Such is the true light radiated from the bosom of the Infinite Father and reflected on this benighted

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  • nonresistance.org - Oberlin, Ohio
    and community projects in Asia In 1930 Oberlin students foresaw the gathering clouds of war over Europe and established the second Oberlin Peace Society to which half of the student body belonged Together with college president Ernest Hatch Wilkins they valiantly tried throughout that decade to prevent the most terrible of 20th century wars Wilkins remarked What is the use of giving four years of laborious and expensive education to these fine young men and women if their lives are presently to be shattered in one way or another by war and the consequences of war His vision of a formal academic program in peace studies remained unfulfilled for more than seventy years Oberlin College Archives Vernon Johns an Oberlin graduate is sometimes called the father of the American civil rights movement He was certainly one of its early pioneers and prepared the way for his successor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Rev Martin Luther King King himself visited the college four times and exhorted the students to remain awake during a great revolution in his 1965 commencement address Oberlin College Archives On one of those visits in February 1957 Rev King met James Lawson who was in the second semester of a master s degree program at Oberlin King was immediately impressed and told him Don t wait Come now We don t have anyone like you down South We need you right now Please don t delay Come as quickly as you can We really need you Lawson did come led the Nashville lunch counter sit ins helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC helped organize the Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington and sadly was the one who invited King to Memphis in April 1968 Oberlin College Archives Protest against the war in Vietnam was strong on the Oberlin campus during the latter half of the 1960s Student action went beyond mere protest on several occasions including the successful disruption of the draft deferment test in 1966 Air Force recruiting in 1967 and Marine recruiting in 1969 In October 1967 a crowd of over 100 protesters endured tear gas and fire hoses when they detained a Navy recruiter in his car for four hours resulting in the suspension of recruitment on campus During the 1980s while the United States was supporting brutal right wing regimes in Central America and denying refugee status to those fleeing the bloodshed a network of compassionate individuals and churches known as the Overground Railroad provided transportation and shelter to those refugees while their requests for asylum in Canada were being processed Oberlin hosted 28 such Guatemalan and Salvadoran refugees Oberlin College Archives In January 2009 in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that resulted in the deportation of eight local restaurant workers as illegal aliens the Oberlin City Council passed a resolution guaranteeing equal access to city services without regard to citizenship and stating that it shall be the general practice of City of Oberlin not to

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  • nonresistance.org - Children's Literature
    following books and videos are under copyright but that doesn t stop us from recommending them Blood Guilt by Philip Kapusta Christian Responses to the War on Terror TBD The Advocates of Peace in Antebellum America by Valarie Ziegler TBD Non Violence by Mark Kurlansky The History of a Dangerous Idea TBD Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up by David Bercot A New Look at Today s Evangelical Church

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  • nonresistance.org - Children's Literature
    roots as a political cartoonist A silly disagreement between the Yooks and the Zooks spirals out of control and threatens to destroy them all The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis This wonderful and deservedly popular Christian allegory spans seven volumes from The Magician s Nephew to The Last Battle However it is not the gospel The rules in Narnia are a bit different and not everything portrayed in

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  • nonresistance.org - Links Page
    America Catholic Peace Fellowship Episcopal Peace Fellowship Lutheran Peace Fellowship Mennonite Peace and Justice Support Network On Earth Peace Church of the Brethren Orthodox Peace Fellowship Pax Christi USA Pax Christi International Catholic Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Intervention Christian Peacemaker Teams Nonviolent Peaceforce Reconciliation Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict CIVIC read about Marla Ruzicka Fellowship of Reconciliation US Servas International Host Travel Network of Peace Builders Conscientious Objection Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors Center on Conscience War Counter Recruitment org DC Anti War Network War Resisters League Literature Behold the Lamb The Story of the Moravian Church Earlham College Digital Quaker Collection Quaker Heritage Press Teachings of the Early Church from Christian Classics Ethereal Library Teachings of the Early Church from New Advent Writings on Christian Nonresistance and Pacifism from Anabaptist Mennonite Sources Youths 4 Peace Peace Literature for Children Other Information and Organizations Americans for a Department of Peace Antiwar com Believers Against the War Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace The Center for Christian Nonviolence Centre for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies CANVAS Cleveland Peace Action The Danish Peace Academy Every Church a Peace Church Harmless as Doves Ministries International Center on Nonviolent Conflict Jesus Radicals John Dear Kingdom

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  • nonresistance.org - Search Page
    ORG Search This Website HOME OBERLIN BOOKSHELF CHILDREN LINKS CONTACT US SEARCH PRE 1800 1800 1850 1850 1900 POST 1900 TOLSTOY U S AUTHORS SITE MAP Search within www nonresistance

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  • nonresistance.org - Literature Published Before 1800
    yet been completed This treatis is his most extensive English work on the subject On The Spiritual Battle by Petr Chelčický tr by Charis Enns complete complete Petr Chelčický 1390 1460 was an early writer of the Reformation and promoted nonresistance predating Erasmus of Rotterdam and Menno Simons by 100 years and playing a key role in the founding of the Moravian Church This is his first work written in 1421 In it he makes the case that a Christian s battle is spiritual not physical and that to resist the devil with his own evil weapons of war and destruction is futile The Net of Faith by Petr Chelčický tr by Enrico Molnár by chapter incomplete incomplete This is Chelčický s most mature work written in about 1443 In it he condemns the abuses of both the Roman Church and the Hussite Protestants and expounds on his own independent true to the gospel theology This is the only English translation of this monumental work but sadly it is incomplete Antipolemus The Plea of Reason Religion and Humanity Against War by Desiderius Erasmus complete complete Desiderius Erasmus 1466 1536 was a Catholic priest and one of the foremost authors scholars theologians and humanists of the Renaissance In this treatise he describes peace war and humanity and denounces war from a number of different perspectives He concludes by writing that it is the duty of a Christian to shun deprecate and oppose by every lawful means a business so hellish and so irreconcilable both to the life and to the doctrine of Christ and that if war cannot by any means be avoided it should be chiefly consigned to bad men Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de la Boétie complete complete Étienne de la Boétie 1530 1563 was a French

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