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Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid.
-- Micah 4:3-4

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Christian Non-Resistance

In Christian Non-Resistance (1846) Adin Ballou set out his vision of a world in which nations would glory not in military might but in "superior justice, forbearance, meekness, forgiveness, charity," and beneficent order could be maintained without violence. Once dismissed as a relic of the na´ve and sentimental optimism of pre-Civil War America, it is now recognized as an important contribution to the theory of nonviolent resistance. Ballou's combination of the utmost moral resistance to evil with the uninjurious physical restraint of evildoers provides a conceptually simple, flexible approach to the problem of resisting evil without becoming evil oneself.

This edition includes Ballou's essay "Christian Non-Resistance in Extreme Cases" (1860), which is also included in the pamphlet On Non-Resistance.

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Christian Non-Resistance
Adin Ballou

Catalog No. BE-02
ISBN 0-9725017-1-1
Publisher: Blackstone Editions
Pages: 190
Price: $25.00

 

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