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Definitions
· Absolute Pacifism ­ the belief that war can never
be justified, that it is always wrong and that killing
can never be justified.
· Relative Pacifism ­ war is wrong but may on
occasions be the lesser of two evils ­some
connection here with Just War
· Selective Pacifism ­ certain kinds of war are
always wrong ­ usually applied to nuclear war and
weapons of mass destruction.
· Active Pacifism ­ active engagement in political
campaigns opposing war & conflict.…read more

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Why might Christians be Pacifists?
· Jesus' teaching and example
­ "love thy neighbour", "To one who strikes you on the
cheek, offer the other also"
­ Agape
· Sanctity of life
­ Humans `made in the image of God'
­ Radical equality
· Just War criteria can never be met leading to
belief that war cannot be justified
· Money spent on arms could be better spent.…read more

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Some reasons to be pacifist…read more

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Quakers
· ""We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and
fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or
under any pretense whatever; this is our
testimony to the whole world. The Spirit of Christ
by which we are guided is not changeable, so as
once to command us from a thing as evil, and
again to move unto it; and we certainly know, and
testify to the world, that the Spirit of Christ, which
leads us into all truth, will never move us to fight
and war against any man with outward weapons,
neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the
kingdoms of this world."…read more

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Gandhi's Pacifism Speech…read more

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