Tag: pacifism

Christian Worldview

Should Christians Call on the State to End Gun Violence?

This is a guest post by Kollin Fields. Kollin is an Adjunct Professor of History, and a Ph.D. candidate in …

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History

Protection, Defense, Retaliation, and Self-Ownership

This is a guest post written by Todd Lewis, who graduated from Malone University with a degree in history and …

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War and Peace

The Things That Make For Peace

I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war. – Psalm 120:7 As he approached …

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War and Peace

Can a Christian Join the Military?

This guest post is by Steve Wilder. Steve is an electrical engineer and homeschooling father of four. There are three …

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Christian Worldview

If God Doesn’t Use Force to Impose His Will, How Can We?

If God doesn’t use force and violence to bend us to his will, why do we insist on using force …

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Politics

Why I’m Triggered by Knee-Jerk Reactions

After a tragic event like the one brought on by a white terrorist in Las Vegas, predicting the ensuing social …

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Christian Worldview

Christians and Guns: A Libertarian Christian Perspective

After some controversial remarks made by Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell, Jr. during a chapel service last month, John Piper was …

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Truly He Taught Us to Love One Another
Christian Worldview

Jesus’ Way Beyond Anger and Contempt

Sometimes you read an article and it strikes you as extremely important for your walk with Christ – what follows …

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Theology

Tearing Out Your Eye and Quitting Your Job

In this guest post LCC welcomes Matthew Gilliland, libertarian writer and speaker. He holds a J.D. from North Carolina Central …

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History

The Heroic Anti-War Baptist Preacher Robert Hall

English Baptist minister Robert Hall (1764-1831) was the namesake and youngest child of fourteen born to a Baptist minister. One …

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Politics

Interview with Brian Zahnd

Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is the …

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Book Reviews

A Farewell to Mars

I cannot overstate my excitement to promote Brian Zahnd’s latest book, A Farewell to Mars. I am passionate about the message …

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War and Peace

Kevin Vallier on Christian Pacifism and Libertarianism

I have often wondered why my liberal or progressive Christian friends who are also pacifists give nearly zero credibility to libertarianism, even though …

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Christian Worldview

Are Christian Libertarians also Pacifists?

I have been called many things since I began writing in 2003 about the immoral, unjust invasions of Iraq and …

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News

U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be a Criminal Act

The Catholic Patriarch of Syria has recently stated that a United States attack on Syria would be a “criminal act,” …

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History

Alexander Campbell, Tolbert Fanning, David Lipscomb: A Nineteenth-Century Anti-War Triumvirate

A shorter version of this essay was presented at the 2013 Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute. Alexander …

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Christian Worldview

The Most Ridiculous Arguments and Criticisms I Have Ever Received

I have been writing about the folly and wickedness of war – and especially Christian support for the same – …

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War and Peace

The Curse of Standing Armies

Review of Joel McDurmon, The Bible & War in America: A Biblical View of an American Obsession and Steps to …

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News

Evangelicals for Peace

Billy Sunday was the most famous evangelist in America during the first two decades of the 20th century. Without the …

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War and Peace

The Way of Peace

All libertarians seek the path of non-violence. Even those with anarchist leanings will concede the possibility that the State has …

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President's Blog

Christian Pacifism, 30th Anniversary Edition–Free on Kindle

I have said many times that I am not a pacifist, but that I have genuine respect for those who …

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Theology

Just war or pacifism? Neither?

For the time being, I’m going to be continuing “Q&A Week” until I have caught up with all of the …

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Libertarianism

Christianity, War, and Ron Paul

This talk was given on August 20 at the Florida Liberty Summit 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Thank you Campaign for …

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Christian Worldview

Torture isn’t Christian (Part 2)

This entry is part 26 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Christian Worldview

Torture is not Christian (Part 1)

This entry is part 25 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Theology

Can a Christian fight?

This entry is part 24 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Christian Worldview

Do Christians have the right to defend themselves? (Even from the state?)

This entry is part 18 of 44 in the series Christian Theology of Public Policy Course

This essay continues the Christian Theology and Public Policy Course by John Cobin, author of the books Bible and Government …

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Politics

Tolstoy On Violent Revolution

Running on the coat-tails of yesterday’s post, here is an excerpt I found particularly interesting in The Kingdom of God …

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Book Reviews

Leo Tolstoy Against the State

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. War and Peace and Anna Karenina have inspired millions over the last century. Less well-known about Tolstoy, though, is that his interpretation of Christian ethics has had a profound effect upon the world, especially regarding non-resistance and pacifism. In this paper, I will examine the development of these themes in Tolstoy’s philosophy as they appear in The Kingdom of God is Within You.

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Theology

Leo Tolstoy and Non-Resistance

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. War and Peace and Anna Karenina have inspired millions over the last century. Less well-known about Tolstoy, though is that he had a profound effect upon many due to his interpretation of Christian ethics, especially regarding non-resistance and pacifism. In 1884, he expounded upon his beliefs in What I Believe, and this work was promptly banned in Russia for its negative depiction of the state and the Russian church. After the book had spread throughout the world and garnered attention, Russian secular and religious intellectuals began attacking his ideas. The Kingdom of God is Within You, published in 1894, is a further explanation of his beliefs and a response to his opponents.

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