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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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On Non-Resistance

This pamphlet contains two of Adin Ballou's most important short works on Christian Non-Resistance, "Learn to Discriminate" and "Christian Non-Resistance in Extreme Cases."

In "Learn to Discriminate," Ballou addresses common misconceptions about his form of pacifism. In a few short pages he explains the difference "between no resistance of evil at all, and Non-Resistance of evil with evil... between physical force and injurious force... between law and right... between obedience and submission to goverment."

"Christian Non-Resistance in Extreme Cases" takes up a type of challenge often put to pacifists: "Suppose a robber attacks you in some lonely place on the highway? Suppose you and your family are attacked by a gang who design to commit rape, robbery and murder? How can the downtrodden peoples of the earth ever gain their liberty without fighting to the death against their tyrants?" He argues that in such cases non-resistance "on the whole is best for us, best for our offending fellow creatures, and best for all mankind."

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On Non-Resistance
Adin Ballou

Catalog No. FAB-01
Pages: 28
Price: $3.00

 

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