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
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