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We no longer take sword against a nation, nor do we learn to make war any more, having become sons of peace for the sake of Jesus, who is our commander. Origen, c 230 AD. We are being educated not in war but in peace. Clement c 190 AD. Because I am a Christian,

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We no longer take sword against

a nation, nor do we learn to make

war any more, having become

sons of peace for the sake of

Jesus, who is our commander.

Origen, c 230 AD

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We are being educated

not in war

but in peace.

Clement c 190 AD

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Because I am a Christian,

I cannot serve as a soldier;

I cannot do evil.

Soldier who became a Christian c 300 AD

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A believer who wishes

to become a soldier shall

be rejected, because it

is far from God.

Church rules in Egypt & Syria c 200 AD

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All men desire peace

but very few desire

those things which

make for peace.

Thomas a Kempis (1379-1471)

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Hatred is increased by

being reciprocated, and

it can on the other hand

be destroyed by love.

Baruch Spinoza (1632 – 1677)

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Force may subdue,

but love gains ..…..

Let us then try

what love will do.

William Penn (1644 – 1718)

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Let us take the risks of

peace upon our lives,

not impose the risks of

war upon the world.

Quaker proverb

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I shall not fight; for I cannot

bow my need before the

Lord to pray for a man,

and get up and kill him

when I have done.

John Nelson, a soldier who became

an early Methodist preacher

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If my soldiers began to

think, not one would

stay in the ranks.

Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712 – 1786)

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Is it scriptural for a church

of Christ to retain as a

member one who has

enlisted into her majesty’s

service? We think not. – Ed.

General Baptist Repository, in July 1846

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The great crime of war

can never promote the

religion of peace.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) in 1857

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What is war but an

incarnate fiend, the

impersonation of all that is hellish in fallen humanity?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) in 1857

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I am always glad to hear

of a soldier becoming a

Christian, but I am always

sorry to hear of a Christian

becoming a soldier.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) in 1857

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Patriotism is the egg

from which wars

are hatched.

Guy du Maupassant (1850 – 1893)

Novelist and soldier in the Franco-Prussian War

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Let us dishonour war.

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)

French writer and son of an army general

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Wars will only cease

when men refuse

to fight.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), Russian writer

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If mankind does

not kill war,

war will kill mankind.

Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895),

father of modern bacteriology

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It seems to me that in three

centuries of progress the

people of the West have

achieved four principles:

to be selfish, to kill others,

to have little integrity,

and to feel little shame.

Yen Fu (1854 – 1921)

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War is utterly demoralizing.

Despite heroism and

sacrifice, there go with it

filth, lies, cruelty and lust.

Ernest W Barnes (1874 – 1953),

Bishop of Birmingham

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Not peace at any price,

but love at all costs.

Dick Sheppard (1880 – 1937)

Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

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Anyone who has ever been

in combat knows that war

is a bad and stupid way of

doing business.

General Bernard Rogers

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Non-cooperation in military

matters should be an

essential moral principle

for all true scientists.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955),

after the bombing of Hiroshima

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Peace cannot be kept

by force. It can only

be achieved by

understanding.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955),

after the bombing of Hiroshima

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We are convinced that

the risks we run in the

Struggle for peace will

always be less than the

Irreparable cost of war.

President Oscar Arias (born 1940)

of Costa Rica, Nobel Prize Winner

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More arms do not make

mankind safer,

only poorer.

Brandt Report

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Our nuclear missiles are already killing people, because we waste on missiles resources which could be invested in

ensuring food supplies

for the world.

Robin Cook, Labour MP

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Rest in Peace,

for we will not

repeat the sin.

Garden at Hiroshima

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To understand Trident,

say the word

“Hiroshima” ….

And again. And again.

2,040 times

Jim Douglass (in 1992)

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War is never normal;

the normal function

of the state is peace.

Karl Barth (1886 – 1968), Swiss theologian

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A “peace” which is bought

with the threat of world

destruction is no peace.

Jorgen Moltmann (born 1926),

German theologian

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Pacifists are the realists

of life, not merely

voices of utopia.

Jorgen Moltmann (born 1926),

German theologian

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The ethic of Christ

is uncompromisingly

pacifist.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 – 1971)

USA theologian

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The Church is God’s

peace movement

in the world.

Kenneth Greet, Methodist minister

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Taking an eye for an eye

will make the whole

world blind.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

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We must meet violence

with non-violence.

We must meet hate

with love.

Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)

after his home was bombed.

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War is the work of men.

War is destruction of

human life. War is death.

We must be ready to take

risks for peace.

Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005)

at Hiroshima, 1981

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There is much worth

suffering for, maybe

dying for. But nothing

worth killing for.

Ken Sehested,

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

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Violence wins temporary

victories and creates

permanent problems.

Revd John Simpson

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God loves everyone,

his friends and enemies,

and so must we.

Ronald Sider, in ‘Christ and Violence’

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Words of love are always

works of peace.

Mother Teresa

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I cannot accept

theological reflection

that finally leads

to violence.

Medaro Gomez

Lutheran bishop in El Salvador

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You may kill me; but you

may never try to save me

by killing someone else

in my name.

Mairead Corrigan (born 1944)

Northern Ireland

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The great terrorists in the

world are not my captors,

but those who sell arms

and wrap themselves in

flags called nationalism.

Fr Lawrence Martin Jenco, in August 1988,

after being released after 564 days as a hostage in Lebanon

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Old soldiers never die

– only the young ones.

Graffiti

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Join the Army

Travel to exotic distant lands

Meet exciting unusual people

And kill them

T-shirt of 1977

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War as a method of settling

international disputes is

incompatible with the

teaching and example of

Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lambeth Conference 1930 (reaffirmed in 1978)

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War between the nations

can never be brought into

harmony with the

teaching of our Lord.

Baptist Union Assembly (1933)

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The manufacture and the

use of weapons of mass

destruction are contrary

to the purpose of God.

Baptist Union Assembly (1955)

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