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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - March
    blind to far greater enormities that they themselves have assisted to make common The whole city of Boston was shocked by the disclosure a scene of vice and cruelty It was cock fighting Unrelenting wretches prepared their victims for the contest by sawing off their spurs and fastening deadlier ones of steel upon the bleeding trunks Then having forced the innocent animals to a quarrel they sat around to enjoy the spectacle But when the same experiment is tried with men the world looks on calmly Military leaders bring men together by the thousand men who have no quarrel and would gladly live in peace They drive them up together front to front and having armed them with weapons of torture and death which Nature never made they succeed by compulsion and malicious art in getting the first blows struck and the first blood flowing This they call getting the men engaged There is no trouble after that The work goes on a work of unutterable horror And what does mankind say to this Why a few Christian moralists object but the great majority of men gather around the scene as near as they can get to it by history and description and admire the systematic arrangements of the battle They watch the progress and the maneuvers of the hostile armies as they would the changes of a game of chess But when it comes to sawing off the spurs of a game cock and exasperating him against his fellow Oh That is shocking cruelty That they cannot bear Jacob Abbott March 15 Suppose that by a miracle of Divine grace a soldier should be converted He loves God He loves all God s creatures and his whole soul goes out in benevolent feelings toward the whole human race How can he in such a state of feeling plunge his bayonet into a sinner and send him to everlasting perdition However others may conceive the abstract idea of loving an enemy and praying for him and at the same time sending his soul to hell to my mind it is perfectly inconceivable William Ladd March 16 Yes you may pay your thoughtless duty Vain throng to Glory s distant star And you may smile when blooming beauty Rewards the gallant son of war For me I sigh to think that sorrow May soon that gentle breast betide And soon a dark a gloomy morrow May dawn upon the Soldier s Bride Ah when perchance War s stunning rattle Greets from afar her shuddering ear When yielding to the fate of battle Her hero meets an early bier Condemned in hopeless grief to languish She yields to sorrow s gathering tide And tears express in silent anguish The sadness of the Soldier s Bride What then avails the wreath of glory The victor it should crown is fled The din of fame the martial story Reach not the mansions of the dead She greets with sighs the dear bought treasure That

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - April
    April 14 The horrid outrages committed by the brutal fury of the conquerors on the innocent and defenseless give us a view of the nature of the pride of war that pride of which we are accustomed to speak as constituting the soldier s glory However stained by cruelty perfidy or injustice he is henceforth transformed into a hero and dignified by all the epithets expressive of admiration The reader the young reader especially is thus apt to be surprised into the approval of deeds that if stated in their native deformity his soul would have abhorred Elizabeth Hamilton April 15 All our noble studies all our reputation at the bar and all our professional diligence are stricken from our hands as soon as the alarm of war is sounded Wisdom itself the mistress of affairs is driven from the field Force bears sway The statesman is despised The grim soldier alone is caressed Legal proceedings cease Claims are asserted and prosecuted not according to law but by force of arms cicero April 16 War introduces in a single year a series of evils and those habits and customs of wickedness which the Gospel cannot rectify and remove in half a century Gardiner Spring April 17 War is not only the crime of nations it is also the lunacy of nations a contagious epidemic madness But this evil would not continue in Christian communities a day longer if only the good Christian men of every country were once to recognize and acknowledge its monstrous criminality I therefore do solemnly arraign the professed Church of Christ in all its divisions except for a few small bodies that have borne a faithful testimony in this regard I arraign the churches of Christendom as guilty of all the crime and woe that the continuance of this barbarous institution entails upon the world The white robes of the bride of Christ should be pure and spotless but they have been dragged in blood War seems to aim at setting up the kingdom of Satan in the earth and yet the Church is its very bulwark It says God speed to the warrior as he sets out on his mission of death On this subject it is not Christian but Pagan I charge upon the professing Church the responsibility for all the evils that war inflicts upon society for one word from her would stop them all I make this charge with no bitterness and in perfect charity But I make it in all seriousness and solemnity Thomas Chase April 18 Stay lady stay for mercy s sake And hear a helpless orphan s tale Ah sure my looks must pity wake Tis want that makes my cheek so pale Yet I was once a mother s pride And my brave father s hope and joy But in the Nile s proud fight he died And I am now an orphan boy Poor foolish child How pleased was I When news of Nelson s victory

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - May
    societies Peace with all its blissful effects must be produced by human exertions No miraculous voice will silence the fury of war No the blessings of peace must be obtained as other blessings are These societies are powerful means They embody a mass of sound principles facts and arguments Do you wish more domestic sorrows more public calamities more sighs and groans to load the air and more tears to water the world If not then enroll your name among the friends of peace and join in the song of angels Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will toward men Elijah Parish May 12 Government worship and hero worship are worse than the worship of Juggernaut 4 With our country as a god and bloody heroes as apostles men go out to the work of human slaughter They undervalue human life Life is man s chief earthly blessing Without life man can neither do nor be nor enjoy anything It is his time of growth and development for both worlds What will the airy nothing called national honor profit a man who is slain in battle William G Hubbard May 13 War is the culmination of human depravity and crime the abomination of desolation Our vaunted Christian civilization what has it done to quench the flames of war and relieve humanity from its woes No nation no branch of the church even with one or two slight exceptions is vitalized with a radical anti war sentiment The dazzling glitter of military pomp has outshone the sun of righteousness and hero worship has supplanted the true worship Oh for that Christian manhood which for the next two centuries after Christ chose the crown of martyrdom rather than go to war Francis Gillette May 14 The glory of our Christian profession of faith lies in our business on earth resembling the work the Father gave Christ to do But how unfavorable the profession of arms to this Brother how totally incompatible it is with it Christianity says Love your enemies the maxims of statesmen are Kill them off Christ says Resist not evil the statesman says Fight and leave the reasons to me Now my friend either our religion is a fable or if it be true there are unanswerable arguments against war and the military profession William Ward May 15 As far as the Gospel prevails it makes men peaceable for such is the wisdom from above It is gentle and easy to be entreated Those who were first brought into the Gospel church were all of one heart and of one soul And it was observed of the early Christians how well they loved one another Those who delight in war are lost to all the sacred principles of humanity and Christianity Matthew Henry May 16 Women are the mothers of men and they can give the tender mind an inclination to war or peace What they approve we follow what they condemn we abandon Mind governs matter and though woman may be the weaker vessel so far as it respects physical force in mind she often shows herself to be the strongest Many a man has not the moral courage to plead for peace for fear he shall be accused of effeminacy and cowardice Woman has no such fear To be the advocate of peace is congenial to her character She who was last at the cross and earliest at the grave of the great Prince of Peace can still plead for his cause There is something peculiarly appropriate in woman s undertaking the cause of peace Men make war let women make peace Use your first influence for the promotion of the cause of peace in your own family on your husbands brothers and sons On all suitable occasions point out the sin folly and miseries of war I request my fair countrywomen to examine the conduct of their past lives and their present feelings If you fail in a known duty you are as answerable for the consequences of such neglect as though you had committed the actual crime If another war should sweep over our land with all its demoralizing soul destroying consequences can you clear the skirts of your garments from the blood of souls unless you do something to prevent it In moral revolutions women have equal power if not superior to men It is in the power of the church of Christ of which women compose the greater part to put a stop to war in Christendom whenever it shall choose to exercise that power William Ladd May 17 The founders of Rome went to a festive assembly in the Sabian hills carried off the maidens and made them their wives Afterward when war broke out between the Sabine territory and Rome and the warring hosts encountered each other in battle the daughters of the Sabines now Roman matrons rushed in between their Roman husbands and their Sabine kinsmen forbade the war and obliged the hostile tribes to make peace and dwell together thereafter in amity If the women of this age can do for the civilized world what those women did for the Sabine territory they will lay mankind under a debt which the fervent gratitude of all succeeding generations will but partly repay Women come and bind up the wounds of those whose bodies are torn by cannon and grapeshot They tend them in hospitals They watch night and day by the bedside of those who are delirious with pain and they smooth the pillows of the dying Shall the office and ministry of women be limited to this Are they to make no effort to prevent the evil they so tenderly seek to mitigate Must they always wait until the mischief is done and then seek to repair it which they can only do in small part by sympathy and gentle personal attention Is there no hope that by standing on the threshold they

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - June
    let us remember that they all fall on individual human beings and not on soulless corporations insensible nations or geographical names A A Livermore June 13 The principle of peace in which our trust is only in the Lord and in which our minds are weaned from a dependence on the strength of armies is very precious to me I often feel strong desires that we the Friends who profess this principle may so walk as to give no just cause for any of our fellow creatures to be offended by us and that our lives may evidently manifest that we are redeemed from that spirit in which wars are fought John Woolman June 14 Let us go on We may do nothing more than collect the materials and lay the foundation of this Temple of Peace but it will assuredly rise It may rise like the first Temple noiseless and without the sound of a hammer but it will assuredly rise and its heaven lit spire will be hailed by the nations of the earth as the reappearing of the Star of Bethlehem And if the first proclamation of the great principle of our Society Peace on earth was hailed with the songs of celestial spirits how will its final triumph be celebrated What anthems of gladness will roll through the heavens How the morning stars will sing together and all the sons of God shout for joy Henry Barnard June 15 Christianity said Love your enemies Now what sort of love does that man bear toward his enemy if he runs him through with a bayonet The distinguishing duties of Christianity must be sacrificed when war is carried on The question is between the abandonment of these duties and the abandonment of war for both cannot be retained We willingly grant that not all the precepts from the Mount were designed to be obeyed literally in the course of life But what then To show that their meaning is not literal is not to show that they do not forbid war We ask in our turn what is the meaning of the precepts What is the meaning of Resist not evil Does it mean to allow bombardment devastation and slaughter If it does not mean to allow this then it does not mean to allow war What again do the objectors say is the meaning of Do good to those who hate you Does it mean to ruin their commerce sink their fleets plunder their cities and shoot through their hearts If the precept does not mean to allow this then it does not mean to allow war Jonathan Dymond June 16 Looking around this meeting of the London Peace Society in 1835 my eye caught a little boy apparently about nine years of age He appeared to have been brought here by his mother Now sir the appearance of that child led my mind back to a meeting very different from this a meeting to which a father brought his son nine years of age to swear eternal enmity to the Romans on the altar of Jupiter I thought this mother had brought her little boy not to the temple of Jupiter but to the temple of God to vow not enmity but eternal love to every son of man I would that every mother and every father having a son nine years of age should do the same If mothers intelligently take up the principles of the Peace Society and train their children up in these principles then we shall indeed gain a triumph Thomas Timpson June 17 We must show that war is wrong totally wrong We must show that war is necessarily a state of malice and that it can no more exist without malice than hell can exist without malice We must show that Jesus Christ our Master forbids it that Christians will not fight in the Millennium and that what will be right in the Millennium is also right now and is the only efficient and Christian principle of action George Trask June 18 We Christians think ourselves highly civilized because we do not use poisoned weapons like savages though we do make use of artifice deception falsehood treachery the ambush the mine and the torpedo to kill and destroy the enemy In justification of these means it is said that war cannot be carried on without them This we acknowledge and hence we infer that war cannot be carried on without a dereliction of the fundamental principles of the Christian religion The only way to abolish these savage customs is to abolish the custom of war itself When war is once commenced retaliation and revenge will justify every means however atrocious To expect to carry on war without the violation of the precepts of our holy religion to expect to regulate the passions of man when once let loose in war is like setting fire to a powder magazine and expecting to regulate the explosion William Ladd June 19 I cannot look into the New Testament without being brought to the conclusion that I am not permitted under any existing or conceivable circumstances to engage in war with my fellow men The whole Gospel is anti war George Thompson June 20 The individual has by the law of God no right to return evil for evil Men connected in societies are under the same moral law as individuals Hence it would seem that all wars are contrary to the revealed will of God and that the individual has no right to commit to society nor society to commit to government the power to declare war Such I must confess seems to me to be the will of our Creator Therefore to all arguments brought in favor of war it would be a sufficient answer that God has forbidden it and that no consequences arising from keeping his law are so terrible as those which must arise from violating it Francis Wayland

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - July
    very supposition strikes the reader with surprise But why does it It is because every man almost instinctively perceives the discrepancy between war and Christianity As well might the devil unite with Christ as war with his religion It would be utterly incongruous and our consciences tell us so Otherwise we should as soon think of defending our missionaries or avenging their death by the sword as we should of doing the same thing for our seamen William Ladd July 16 The Prince of Peace is the God Incarnate No man by reading the New Testament could ever arrive at the abstract idea of war And a man might search from one end of the New Testament to the other and not find in the whole compass of its instructions one precept to guide the Christian in his war duties Mackenzie July 17 As a member of the universal church of love and brotherhood I cannot but declare my most vigorous opposition against war in all its forms I have come to a Christian country in order to study all the varied and numerous phases of Christian thought feeling and action but I must say candidly I cannot understand how Christians as Christians can fight so brutally as they often do As a Hindu I cannot understand I look upon it as a great anomaly in Christendom how year after year the most deadly weapons and engines of torture and war are being invented in order to carry the art of slaughtering our brother man to perfection These are barbarities brutal things which have cast a slur upon a Christian nation and which for the honor of a Christian nation ought to be removed immediately I really cannot tell how the followers of the Prince of Peace can ever go to war I cannot for one moment believe that men can live and die as true Christians without doing all in their power to check and arrest the growth and spirit of war The demon of war must be crushed down immediately and in every possible way Oh for the day when the din of battle shall no longer be heard upon the earth baboo keshub chunder sen July 18 The truth is if nations learn war and prepare for war they will have war If they study the things that make for peace and prepare for peace they will have peace Is it not high time for them to begin in good earnest the study of and the preparation for peace James B Miles July 19 All the tendencies of war go to depress into insignificance individual virtue and intelligence and in the general effervescence of society the most vile ingredients frequently attain a scum like eminence The effervescence of society perturbs but does not purify War renders the mass of society unsettled polluted and corrupt William M Holland July 20 Peace is the hope of liberty peace consecrated as the standing fundamental policy of the world Hugh S

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - August
    minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation At that moment their pardon was proclaimed Their case having been presented to King George II he gave orders that they should be tested to the very last But said he God forbid that any man should be put to death for conscience sake under my reign Haywood afterward narrated that he was already in heavenly places his soul being filled with peace and ready to depart He returned to England joined the Quakers became an eminent minister and died at a good old age William J Allinson August 10 Christian men and women seem to undergo an entire change of nature under the influence of the war spirit The forgiving become resentful the gentle are violent the kind malignant and the peaceful warlike E B Hall August 11 Who can contemplate practical exemplification of Christian non resistance and not be ravished with the excellence and loveliness of the sublime doctrine Can we turn around and gaze on the battlefield the hospital of mangled mortality the gaudy military parade or into the retaliations and endless quarrels of a world infatuated with resisting violence Can we look on these things without heart sickness and disgust Oh my soul do not enter into their secret my honor do not be united with their assembly How base despicable and abhorrent are they all compared to the moral bravery the glorious self sacrifice and the life preserving soul redeeming works of genuine Christianity Friends Review August 12 If there be anything clear in scripture it does seem to me that it is for a Christian to have nothing to do with carnal weapons And how it is that the great mass of Christendom does not see this I cannot understand Purely it must be through the blinding influences of the society in which the Christian church is cast Charles H Spurgeon August 13 The spirit of the age tends to peace He is not the friend of man who would not do all that lies in him to give force and energy to this spirit and who would not rejoice to see it infuse itself into the councils of nations William L Marcy August 14 The greatest curse that can be entailed on mankind is a state of war All the atrocious crimes committed in years of peace and all that is spent in peace by the secret corruptions or by the thoughtless extravagance of nations are mere trifles compared with the gigantic evils that stalk over this world in a state of war God is forgotten in war and every principle of Christianity is trampled upon Sidney Smith August 15 Tell not man of impossibilities when human improvement is the theme Nothing can be impossible which may be effected by human will Why should not war be abolished This total abolition of war is an improvement in the condition of man entirely dependent on his own will The ills of war are all of his own creation John Quincy Adams August 16 We hold many errors yet We have far very far to go before we arrive at the purity of the early church when Christians did not take the sword either for offense or defense War was almost the first error that crept into the church and it let in a legion of others War must be banished from the church before it can expel the others William Ladd August 17 War is the strongest hold of Satan on this earth To destroy it we have only to arouse the Church from her lethargy What is the practical duty of the Church in this regard To place war on the blackest catalogues of crimes to denounce it with all the most awful penalties of religion and to ordain that no church member can in any shape or manner participate in war or warlike preparations or in any acts favorable or accessory to war without incurring her censure and receiving the severest penalties of her discipline Let it be proclaimed unmistakably that no man can be at the same time a soldier and a member of the church I charge it upon a blind and slumbering church that it has not educated its own members and the community aright on this matter It has taught men that they can be at the same time warriors and followers of the Prince of Peace Thomas Chase August 18 Nearly all sects parties and classes not excepting professed reformers are enthusiastic for the sword rifle and bayonet as indispensable means of overcoming evil doers and bettering the condition of this wicked world Treasures enough have been expended to render the earth a paradise of intelligence virtue and beauty Enough human beings have been slain to people twenty such earths When will the morals of the world be so amended under the administration of its present death dealing leaders that peace will become practicable Absolutely never Jonathan Whipple August 19 War is a tornado that gathers into itself all the ailments of human passions and prejudices as it sweeps over the scene of its fury It is a tempest full of the lightning and thunder of wild and mad indignation All the strong and impetuous forces of hate anger and jealousy and all the worst vices of a nation s mind are drawn into it Then all the romantic histories and ambitions of military fame the unreasoning impulses of patriotism and lower ideas and interests give a kind of variegated halo of attraction to the gathering storm Elihu Burritt August 20 The Quaker lecturer William G Hubbard who discourses on the subject of Peace has carried the war into this city the place where the biggest guns are forged The strongest point of Mr Hubbard is his practical one The successful existence of the Quaker sect for two centuries proves he claims that the non resistant doctrine is practicable and applicable to the conditions of human life at

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - September
    nearly nineteen centuries of struggle and conflict to gain the victory has utterly failed to put down war Mars the grim war god still triumphs over Jesus the meek Pacificator Nations claiming him as their Lawgiver and Master without a single exception still rush to mutual slaughter as recklessly and unscrupulously as they had done before God clearly revealed himself to men and promulgated his law of peace and love The great American Republic in which it is claimed that the Christian religion is more rife and potential than in any other is still smoking from the volcanic fires of one of the bloodiest wars that has ever distressed humanity While therefore it must be admitted that the Cross has sadly failed to establish peace over the sword the alternative is inevitable either this impotency is inherent and constitutional or the religion of the New Testament has not been faithfully applied as an adequate and sovereign antidote to the sin and calamities of war Faith accepts the latter alternative and bids our drooping hopes to revive Francis Gillette September 14 Tell me is the character of the warrior to be admired Or rather can it be loved Is not he in reality the truest patriot who fills up his station in private life well he who loves and promotes peace both public and private Jane Taylor September 15 I have always found that there is no more dependence on the stability of the peace principles of a man who holds that any war is consistent with the Gospel than there is in the reformation of an inebriate who holds to the necessity of occasional drinking William Ladd September 16 War is necessary only as every other sin is necessary War is murder No species of plausible reasoning can prove it to be other than a clear violation of the command You shall not kill The facts that it is deliberate and sanctioned by the custom and authority of a nation so far from palliating its guilt only increase it Joseph A Collier September 17 Christianity and War What those words represent can never be forced into union The one is a constellation of virtues the other a mass of crimes The Christian who is faithful to his religion has nothing to do with war but to lament it to protest against it and to join his prayers and efforts for its abolition In a military camp he cannot do to others as he would want them to do to him and therefore he has no business in a camp He worships the God of peace and prays for the universal extension of peace Such prayers with the weapons of death in his hands would be blasphemy John Bevans September 18 Lying murder the deceiving of men to their injury forcibly taking their property from them mutilating their bodies destroying their lives all of this is accursed of God And do not these very acts committed for gain and advantage constitute

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  • THE DAILY CALENDAR OF PEACE AND WAR - October
    Instead of making men happy by cultivating the useful arts and extending the news of salvation they are ripening their plots sharpening their swords and hardening their hearts to make themselves adept in the trade of blood and misery Most devoutly do we pray that the time may be hastened when these mansions like Babylon may be left desolate Elijah Parish October 12 The conduct and dispositions upon which Christ pronounced his solemn benedictions are exceedingly remarkable They are these and in the following order poor in spirit mourning meekness desire of righteousness mercy purity of heart peacemaking and sufferance of persecution Now let the reader try whether he can propose eight other qualities that shall be more incongruous with war Of these benedictions I think the most emphatic is that pronounced upon peacemakers Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God No man can receive higher praise or a higher title Can we believe that Christ who distinguished the peacemakers with peculiar esteem could have sanctioned his followers in destroying one another Jonathan Dymond October 13 It is acknowledged by all that war is an evil and that it is by far the most terrible evil that has desolated our world Who that claims to be considered as a disciple of the Prince of Peace who that professes to be a friend of the human race can justify himself in withholding his aid from the attempts being made to free them from the terrible evils of war which God declares shall be removed Edward Payson October 14 During the Revolutionary war a church in Vermont near the Canada line composed of members from both sides sat down together at the Lord s table on the Sabbath and before the next Sabbath they were shooting and stabbing one another The communion was never refused to them by other churches for the state sanctioned the murder and the churches conformed to the world Some may be startled at this but do they not know that this is always the case What do we mean by the communion of saints Is it not the union of the Church and of the body and blood of Christ It is therefore one table and one sacrament Even though the communicants may be separated by ever so many oceans and continents it signifies no more to the great Head of the Church than the aisles of the meetinghouse or the railings of the pews That war should be sanctioned by the Church of Christ implies awful guilt somewhere Even most men of the world think that all war is murder on one side or the other I believe that the law of Christ makes a cool and deliberate declaration of war to be deliberate and cold blooded murder on either side But the Church as a body stands aloof and the millennium can never come so long as she does so In the mean time all the blood that shall be shed will be found in the skirts of those professed followers of the Lamb who countenance the soul destroying customs of the world God has put it into the power of his Church to hush the storm of war whenever she chooses to exercise it but that never can be done while the Church sanctions war I do not believe that it ever was the mind and will of Christ that his followers should ever engage in war on any emergency I do not believe that the same God who sent his only Son into the world to suffer and die for the redemption of precious souls has ever since that offering authorized a custom which makes that sacrifice of no effect to millions who but for war might have been saved William Ladd October 15 Will nations never devise a more rational umpire of differences than force War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong Thomas Jefferson October 16 It is a most melancholy consideration that even the civilized world and I may almost say the Christianized world still continues to adopt the military life as an object of eager desire It is with pain that we see whole communities disregarding their Christian character highly applaud and reward with public honors and emoluments those who are foremost in butchering their fellow heirs of immortality Elias Boudinot October 17 In the first two centuries when Christianity was the purest there are no Christian soldiers on record The war degeneracy of the church began very early in the third century and went so far in the fourth that under and after Constantine the Great Christians engaged in war and they generally have ever since Thomas Clarkson October 18 While we are warriors with all our pretensions to civilization we are savages Vicesimus Knox October 19 War crushes with a bloody heel all beneficence all happiness all justice and all that is godlike in man It suspends every commandment of the Decalogue It sets at naught every principle of the Gospel It silences all law human as well as divine except only that blasphemous code of its own the Laws of War Charles Sumner October 20 I abominate war as unchristian I hold it to be the greatest of human crimes I deem it to include all others violence blood rapine and fraud everything that can deform the character alter the nature and debase the name of man Lord Brougham October 21 Christ suffered for us leaving us an example that we should follow his steps 1 Peter 2 21 If we do not follow his example of what use was it If we do follow it it is certain we cannot avenge our own cause or any other cause by violence And if we cannot do this without rejecting his example it is equally certain we ought not to do it The example of Christ his precepts and the precepts of his apostles go conclusively to prove that war

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