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Nonviolent action : what Christian ethics demands but most Christians have never really tried

by Sider, Ronald J.,

Format: Print Book 2015
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BT736.6.S53 2015
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Summary
There are numerous examples throughout history of effective nonviolent action. Nonviolent protesters defied the Soviet Empire's communist rulers, Gandhi's nonviolent revolution defeated the British Empire, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s peaceful civil-rights crusade changed American history. Recent scholarship shows that nonviolent revolutions against injustice and dictatorship are actually more successful than violent campaigns. In this book, noted theologian and bestselling author Ron Sider argues that the search for peaceful alternatives to violence is not only a practical necessity in the wake of the twentieth century--the most bloody in human history--but also a moral demand of the Christian faith. He presents compelling examples of how nonviolent action has been practiced in history and in current social-political situations to promote peace and oppose injustice, showing that this path is a successful and viable alternative to violence.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this persuasive book, Sider (Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger) argues that nonviolence is the best way to defeat the sword. Using case studies primarily from modern history, he asserts that nonviolence is not only more ethical and successful than warfare, but more practical: the nonviolent action that liberated India from Britain cost only 8,000 lives, whereas the violent revolution that freed Algeria cost a million. Even bloodthirsty regimes like Nazi Germany couldn't suppress nonviolent protest: in Bulgaria, civil disobedience saved 50,000 Jews. More recently, nonviolent action has toppled oppressive governments in East Germany, Liberia, the Philippines, and Tunisia. Sider recognizes that civil disobedience often functions as only one factor among many in ending oppression-but often the one that tips the balance. Nonviolent action will cost lives, Sider says, but it cannot be taken seriously until people are willing to die for its cause. Proponents of just war and pacifists need to recognize they are often on the same side and work together to make war a true last resort. History shows they can. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Nonviolence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
Publisher Grand Rapids, Michigan :2015
Language English
Description xvi, 191 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-185) and index.
ISBN 9781587433665
1587433664
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