By John Howard Yoder

ISBN-10: 0585262632

ISBN-13: 9780585262635

ISBN-10: 0836135865

ISBN-13: 9780836135862

John Howard Yoder s vintage e-book first released in 1971, incorporates a remedy of Jewish pacifism, bibliographies, an index, and 3 new appendixes: talking fact to strength, Quaker Political Witness; The Spectrum of Nonpacifist Postures; and Nonviolent nationwide safety choices. Yoder issues out assumptions, strengths, and shortcomings of every pacifist place. He brings readability to the many-sided conversations approximately peace, nonviolence, battle, proliferation of hands, and gear politics.

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Page 19 Earlier churchly expressions of this concern were the medieval institutions of the Peace of God and the Truce of God. Bishops in the Middle Ages sought to limit war to certain times and certain places. 3 This legitimized feudal war backhandedly in the course of efforts to limit it. Might not this modern display of pastoral concern without ethical rigor also undercut its own real intent? Another general weakness is that this kind of moral authority is easily discredited where it has been called on too often and not heard.

As a result, we can see some wars today to be imperialistic or aggressive or to have the effect of perpetuating a tyrannical form of government. When we evaluate methods, certain characteristics of modern war are leading an increasing number of persons to a negative conclusion about its admissibility. Some of these features are the destructiveness and uncontrollability of nuclear weapons, guerrilla and counter-guerrilla methods, especially painful weapons like napalm or guava bombs, biological warfare, carpet bombing, and types of attack which bring suffering especially to noncombatants.

1 The new thing in the last forty years, especially the last thirty, is that some persons have been honest enough in their application of those standards to come to negative conclusions. This is shown by their appraisals of the massive city bombings of World War II, of the threat of nuclear war since 1945,2 and of the murderous meaning of counterinsurgency war since Vietnam. To this we can add the lessons from the Persian Gulf War as to the disproportionate destructiveness of uncontrolled high-tech weapons.

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