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  • nonresistance.org - Literature Published 1800 to 1850
    New York Peace Society the first in the world was organized with Mr Dodge as its president Letters Addressed to Caleb Strong by Samuel Whelpley by chapter complete complete Samuel Whelpley was a clergyman during the early years of the American nation and lived just long enough to see the establishment of the first American peace societies In this book he admirably demonstrates the hypocrisy of those who would attempt to justify war and capital punishment on the basis of the Old Testament An Inquiry into the Accordancy of War with the Principles of Christianity by Jonathan Dymond by chapter complete complete The first edition of this book also simply and understandably known as On War was published in 1823 and it formed the basis of a later expanded essay on the topic It was doubtlessly both the product and the inspiration of the peace and nonresistance societies that were springing up in the early 19th century This is perhaps the first concise and coherent statement of the position that Quakers had traditionally held for the previous 200 years In it Dymond also addresses the psychology of those who support war and systematically dissects and rebuts their arguments Leo Tolstoy highly praised it in his Kingdom of God is Within You If you read nothing else read his description of Christianity s reputation Christian Non Resistance in relation to Human Governments by Adin Ballou complete complete This pamphlet contains Adin Ballou s address to the first annual meeting of the New England Non Resistance Society held in 1939 In it he describes the true nature of human governments the non resistants relationship and responsibility to them and the non resistant s true means of accomplishing the redemption and regeneration of society All War Antichristian by various authors by chapter complete

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  • nonresistance.org - Literature Published 1850 to 1900
    American Civil War This is one of the works that Leo Tolstoy highly praised in his Kingdom of God is Within You Much of what Musser had to say is indeed praiseworthy and still valid His major themes include a complete theology of man s relationship to God in its pristine created state after the fall under the Mosaic Law and in the power of the Holy Spirit and the

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  • nonresistance.org - Literature Published After 1900
    following material is unabridged and free There is no copyright to worry about We hope you are inspired The Early Christian Attitude to War by C J Cadoux by chapter complete complete Published shortly after the First World War this

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  • nonresistance.org - Literature by Leo Tolstoy
    Chief of the Irkútsk Disciplinary Battalion complete complete Tolstoy pleads the cause of two soldiers who became convinced of the true demands of the Christian faith refused to fight any more and were being sent to a penal battalion as punishment 1896 Help complete complete Tolstoy pleads the cause of the Dukhobors a pacifist group religious persecuted by the Russian Government 1896 Shame complete complete Tolstoy speaks against the torture of peasants by beating them with rods which was common practice in his day 1897 Nobel s Bequest complete complete Tolstoy makes the case for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the Dukhobors a pacifist group religious persecuted by the Russian Government 1898 Carthago Delenda Est complete complete We do not need international tribunals courts of arbitration or a United Nations to put an end to war The only thing necessary to abolish war is for people to simply refuse to fight 1898 Appeal on Behalf of the Dukhobors complete complete Tolstoy issues an appeal to help the Dukhobor people emigrate to Canada He was ultimately able to personally raise and provide half the the funding necessary 1898 Two Wars complete complete Tolstoy compares the Spanish American war of colonial conquest to the war of the Russian government against the peaceful Dukhobors 1899 Letter to a Corporal complete complete Governments are obliged to pretend that they are professing the highest religious teaching known to men Christianity This teaching is opposed to every murder and every violence and so to be able to control the masses and be considered Christian the governments had to distort Christianity and to conceal its true meaning thus depriving men of the good that Christ brought to them 1899 Letter on the Peace Conference complete complete Tolstoy predicted that the Hague Peace Conference of 1899 will be ineffective at curbing armaments armies and warfare Considering the abandonment of the conference s provisions during World War I Tolstoy was correct 1899 Who is to Blame complete complete The Transvaal War and all wars are caused by the unequal distribution of property the existence of a military class and the false and deceptive religious teaching in which the young generations are forcibly educated 1900 Letters to the Dukhobors complete complete Tolstoy wrote letters of encouragement to the Dukhobors before and after their emigration and expounded on the difficulties associated with the private ownership of property 1900 Patriotism and Government complete complete We can save ourselves from all our calamities only when we free ourselves from the obsolete idea of patriotism and from the blind obedience to government that is based upon it 1900 The Slavery of Our Time by chapter complete complete audio One means of enslavement is abolished only when another has already taken its place Outright slavery has been replaced by the lack of land and the imposition of taxes which drive the men into conditions of servitude and the temptations of more luxurious habits These habits cannot be gratified except by selling one s labor and freedom thus enticing people into these conditions and retaining them there This is all enforced by the organized violence of the governments through their militaries and this power is given to the governments by their oppressed citizens themselves 1900 Thou Shalt Not Kill complete complete To have no oppressions and no unnecessary wars and for no one to be provoked to assassinate those who instigate them people should merely understand things as they are should call them by their real names and should know that the levy and maintenance of an army is a preparation for murder on a grand scale 1900 Where is the Way Out complete complete Bribed officials and clergy prepare the soldiers by stupefying them The soldiers take the income from the land and commerce for the benefit of the ruling classes But the ruling classes use a part of this money for bribing the officials and clergy The way out of this circle consists of refusing to enter into the army before being subjected to its corrupting influence 1900 Need It Be So complete complete The ruling classes have worked out a harmless Christianity which makes real Christianity innocuous This ecclesiastic Christianity either repels sensible people with its terrible insipidity or removes them from true Christianity to such an extent that they no longer see its real significance and even look upon it with hostility 1900 Letter to Nicholas II complete complete Tolstoy asks the Czar for religious tolerance to be shown toward Christian denominations that refuse military conscription 1901 Appeal to the Czar complete complete Tolstoy explains that the unrest and disturbances being experienced were not due to troublesome and wicked men but to policies and actions of the government and outlines simple and easily implemented actions the government could take to rectify the situation 1901 Answer to the Synod complete complete It is not surprising that Tolstoy was excommunicated from the Russian Orthodox Church In response to the the Church s action Tolstoy explained exactly what he did and did not believe and exposed what he saw as gross superstition and sorcery 1901 The Only Means complete complete The slavery and the wretched condition of the working people be destroyed only when men will believe that the law about treating others as they would want to be treated is the chief law of God for our time 1901 Letters to the Editor of Free Thought complete complete Tolstoy writes on behalf of a Bulgarian who is being tortured for refusing military conscription 1901 On the Street Riots complete complete Tolstoy reacts to a pamphlet that encourages rioters to try to disarm soldiers or murder them 1901 Reminders for Soldiers complete complete Tolstoy directly addresses soldiers and exposes the cruel and shameful lies used to convince them that it is alright to kill their fellow men 1901 Reminders for Officers complete complete Tolstoy directly addresses officers charges them with responsibility for the deception of the common soldiers and urges them the expose the

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  • nonresistance.org - Literature by Famous U.S. Authors
    its current title in A Yankee in Canada with Anti Slavery and Reform Papers It inspired both Gandhi and King and was for a while removed from libraries by Senator Joseph McCarthy The War Prayer by Mark Twain complete complete This short story written in response to the Spanish American War is a good example of the author s acerbic wit and highly refined sense of irony Twain was discouraged

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  • nonresistance.org - Site Map
    Complete Site Map HOME OBERLIN BOOKSHELF CHILDREN LINKS CONTACT US SEARCH PRE 1800 1800 1850 1850 1900 POST 1900 TOLSTOY U S AUTHORS SITE MAP Please be patient this is

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  • Greater Love
    my rights to life to liberty and to drive an SUV Is my freedom worth over a million deaths which by some estimates have resulted from our invasion of Iraq Are the 6850 American lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan an appropriate payment to guarantee my son s college education How many lives are my job worth At the risk of being lurid what if the bodies of those who died for me were piled up next to my front door How large would the pile have to get before I would say Stop What can I say do or give up to make it stop How many people ought to die for me and how many would be too many Or can I legitimately claim that such sacrifices are made not for my own sake but for those I love and care for Can I gather my clan into a tight little circle with everyone pointing to the person on their right and exclaiming It s being done for them How small can the circle become before our self interest becomes obvious Or can we play games with numbers Is one death for the sake of a million acceptable How about one death for the sake of a thousand or a hundred or ten If our nation s leaders had built an altar on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and every day for the past fourteen years had sacrificed a willing victim to protect us from real and imagined threats most people would be horrified But many of those same people see little wrong with putting guns in the hands of those willing volunteers putting uniforms on their backs and sending them halfway around the world to die Either way they would be just as dead How many

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  • Why Nonresistance.org?
    11 2001 attack on the World Trade Center I saw that what was touted as compassionate conservatism turned out to be lip service with the rich continuing to get richer at the expense of the poor and middle class The country became accepting of even obsessed with militarism to a degree I had not seen even during the war in Vietnam America and a coalition of those it duped invaded Iraq on the flimsiest of excuses Just where are those much hyped weapons of mass destruction directly leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians Not what I would consider following in the footsteps of Christ and yet my fellow church members made excuses for it all I became more outspoken Our differences finally came to a head during the presidential election campaign of 2004 In a sermon the senior pastor gave the congregation political information on the candidates that originated from the Republican National Committee claiming that it was unbiased and nonpartisan I documented the information s source and asked for disclosure and apology but was ignored Later several church members and I attended one of many conferences held by a large national Christian men s organization The conference leaders highly praised the troops and expressed their wholehearted support for the war and a supposedly Christian comedian ridiculed the French for refusing to sanction or support the war The only thing that kept me from trying to shout down the speaker was the realization that in a large stadium filled with thousands of people I could not hope to be successful In church the next day when we were invited to tell the congregation about the conference I got up and went to the microphone I read Matthew 5 38 48 You have heard that it was said An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth but I say to you do not resist an evil person You have heard that it was said You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy but I say to you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you I read it tore the page out of my Bible wadded it up and threw it on the floor I read Luke 6 27 36 But I say to you who hear love your enemies do good to those who hate you bless those who curse you pray for those who mistreat you I read it tore the page out of my Bible wadded it up and threw it on the floor I read Romans 12 14 21 Bless those who persecute you bless and do not curse Never pay back evil for evil to anyone Never take your own revenge Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good I read it tore the page out of my Bible wadded it up and threw it on the floor I read 1st Peter 3 8 9 To sum up all of you be harmonious

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