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Christian Pacifism
Comments by Maynard S. Clark - 16 Jan 2002 - 0800

There's a powerful difference, crew, between (a) powerfully critiquing institutionalized militarism and (b) living consistently as a pacifist.

If you have a gripe with my comments, Stephen, the only academically respectable thing to do is to prove the contrary, not merely to make pro forma critiques of my position.

Everything you have said critically about my position would apply to every possible form of belief within Christendom, but I don't see you demonstrating the courage of your convictions and systematically and even-handedly applying your critiques to the institutions and beliefs of Christendom.

If that's how you wish to think, "let's have at it."

Maynard S. Clark

Isaiah writes about the Messiah as being "The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).  Jesus calls upon all believers to become peacemakers, and says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God" (Matthew 5:9).  Paul writes, "For the anxious longings of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons [children] of God" (Romans 8:19).

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