Pacifism/Peace Theology

[What follows on this page is a list with links of all the blog posts concerning pacifism on since the blog started in 2010. The following link takes you to the pacifism page on that repeats many of these links but also, toward the bottom of the page, includes links to older essays on pacifism—]

Pacifism Today: An ongoing series of posts on pacifism and peace theology during a time of upheaval

  1. Pacifist questions during an uprising [June 25, 2020]
  2. The pacifist ache: What’s missing in our politics [July 6, 2020]
  3. Does Christianity prepare people to be misled by those in power? [January 23, 2021]
  4. It’s not the Bible’s fault Christians are violent [February 9, 2021]
  5. Thinking as an American pacifist about the Russian invasion [March 3, 2022]
  6. Reflecting morally about the conflict in Ukraine [April 10, 2022]
  7. Pacifism and saying “no” to the state: Various motives for refusal [April 15, 2022]
  8. More thoughts about Ukraine and the American Empire [June 23, 2022]

Why the Bible need not be a problem for pacifists [December 16, 2019]

An interview where I talk about Christian pacifism on the Libertarian Christian Podcast [September 11, 2019]

A series of seven posts on the history of pacifism in America:

  1. The roots of war resistance [May 31, 2019]
  2. Pacifism in face of the “good war” [June 3, 2019]
  3. Making peace through service [June 5, 2019]
  4. The role of pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement [June 7, 2019]
  5. Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War [June 13, 2019]
  6. Civil society and peacebuilding [June 17, 2019]
  7. A pacifist agenda [June 19, 2019]

Is Christian pacifism a thing? [May 20, 2019]

A page with links to various writings on the Book of Revelation that offer a peaceable reading.

A three-part series critiquing Greg Boyd’s book, Cross Vision [November 5-8, 2018]

  1. A summary of Boyd’s argument
  2. Affirmations and critiques
  3. My alternative approach

Christianity on war and peace: An overview [March 15, 2018]

A series of four posts that try to explain what Christian pacifism is about:

A short review of Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God [July 18, 2017]

A long series of posts engaging Greg Boyd’s book, Crucifixion of the Warrior God [May 25, 2017]

The humane person’s dilemma regarding the “war on terror” [December 14, 2015]

Is the book of Revelation on Falwell’s side? [December 9, 2015]

A note on Romans 13 and Christian “warism” [November 30, 2015]

Should love define a “Christian university”? [November 16, 2015]

Christian salvation

Revelation is a peace book! [June 24, 2015]

Thinking about anarchism and Christianity

An anarchistic reading of the Bible

A new book on World War II’s moral legacy [December 4, 2015]

Is pacifism for real life? A response to Rachel Held Evans [September 28, 2014]

Pacifism when “life happens”: Further thoughts [October 2, 2014]

There’s power in the blood: Revelation’s patience and creation’s transformation [September 21, 2014]

Why we should think of God as pacifist

How the Old Testament story refutes the God as punisher assumption [May 25, 2014]

Does the Bible have a coherent peace message? [February 17, 2014]

Reversing World War II’s moral legacy [June 3, 2013]

The disaster that was World War II: Could things have been different? [May 29, 2013]

How pacifists should read Christian sources [February 10, 2013]

Why we Christians don’t love our enemies [February 8, 2013]

Are pacifists moral relativists? [December 30, 2012]

God is not a pacifist, right? [December 16, 2012]

One problem (among many) with the just war theory [December 9, 2012]

A pacifist at the AAR/SBL  [November 23, 2012]

Faith and politics (including voting) [October 28, 2012]

More thoughts about voting (or not) for a warmonger [October 19, 2012]

Should a pacifist vote for a warmonger? [October 1, 2012]

Why we Christians don’t love our enemies [August 23, 2012]

Why pacifism? [August 21, 2012]

Someone else who has problems with World War II… [April 20, 2012]

Are human beings violent by nature? [April 12, 2012]

Christian attitudes toward war: Rethinking the typology [April 9, 2012]

Is God violent? Naming the questions [February 29, 2012]

Was World War II an unjust war? [January 10, 2012]

How does pacifism (properly understood) work as a core Christian conviction? [December 4, 2011]

Käthe Kollwitz: Making peace with art [October 9, 2011]

War and the Old Testament: A proposal [October 3, 2011]

Mennonite theology and war: Kaufman and Yoder [July 31, 2011]

Mercy all the way down? [July 18, 2011]

Why Pacifism? [June 21, 2011]

Are we living under totalitarianism? [May 23, 2011]

Romans 13 supports pacifism! [May 1, 2011]

Can the military do peace? [April 17, 2011]

What do you do with those who ask what you do with a bully? [March 20, 2011]

Pacifism and the Civil Rights Movement [March 13, 2011]

World War II and the limits of just war thought: Early reflections [March 7, 2011]

What do we make of Dietrich Bonhoeffer? [February 27, 2011]

World War II and America’s soul: Christian reflections [February 20, 2011]

How should a pacifist view World War II? [January 21, 2011]

Our fathers’ war [December 26, 2010]

A pacifist reading of the Mennonite Confession of Faith: A paper proposal [ca. 2006]

11 thoughts on “Pacifism/Peace Theology

  1. Hi Ted,

    Thanks for your articles on Pacifism. I’ve really appreciated the essays on pacifism as a core Christian conviction and the one on Romans 13, which have helped me develop my own understanding. I have developed some views about the Cross, pacifism and soteriology, which I have published here – . I would really appreciate any comments you care to make.

    warm regards,

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