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Christian Pacifism - an opposition to war and violence based on the example and teaching of Christ

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Were the Early Church Fathers pacifists?

My friend is a pacifist Christian and said that not only was Jesus Christ a pacifist, but that the Early Church Fathers as well were pacifist - is this true and was the early church pacifist, if so ...
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Does Matthew 5:38-40 mean we have to remain pacifist? [closed]

In Matthew 5:38-40 Jesus Christ tells us that if someone hit you on the right check that you the other check to him also, does this means as Christians that we are supposed to remain pacifist and that ...
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What is the general Baptist stance on pacifism?

In short: Are Baptists generally for or against going to war? It seems Baptists have a general freedom in their personal beliefs. Is there a general consensus on going to war or avoiding it?
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Are there any non-pacifist traditions that object to military chaplaincy?

I'd like to know if there are any non-pacifist Christian traditions or denominations, either historical or contemporary, that object to individual participation in the military as a non-combat ...
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What do Christian Pacifists believe is necessary for a killing to be justified?

Christian Pacifists, for example Mennonites, are often portrayed (and indeed frequently portray themselves) as believing that violence, especially lethal violence, is never justified. I am sure this ...
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If Orthodox Christians must repent of any act of violence, how does this not entail pacifism?

I have heard from many Orthodox that one should repent of any act of violence, including violence committed in self-defense or in the service of military duties. As I understand it, true repentance ...
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Do any denominations take "turn the other cheek" as a literal command to be followed?

Do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Matthew 5:39 NASB) Do any denominations, historical or current, take this command literally? ...
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What is a Pacifist interpretation of the Cleansing of the Temple?

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. ...
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What would be a typical Christian Pacifist response to 'rampant evil' - say in the form of large scale terrorism?

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke Do Christian Pacifists tend to argue against the sense of Burke's famous quote by affirming God's ...
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses particularly anti-violence?

One of the things I've heard about Jehovah's Witnesses is that they've been persecuted by governments for their pacifism: They do not work in industries associated with the military, do not serve ...
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What do Quakers believe about war and serving in the military?

It seems that I once heard that Quakers are pacifists, but I'm not sure if that's just a rumor or not. What is the Quaker doctrine regarding war and killing people as a soldier in the military? If ...
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What is the Biblical and historical basis for Christian pacifism?

My understanding is that early Christians were generally pacifists. Today (at least in the U.S.) Christian pacifists are a bit hard to come by. Many quote Romans 13:1-3 to support Christian ...
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