The term “pacifism” is used quite often for many things—though generally without definition. I believe “pacifism” is a great term and a great ideal when properly understood. In the essay, “Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism,” I spell out how pacifism works well as an orienting point.
The background issue that was in my mind as I wrote was how pacifists might engage in resisting evil in our world. I argue that pacifism provides a perspective that helps us work at resisting evil without creating additional evils. I write in a Christian context, but actually believe that people who aren’t Christians should be able to affirm just about all of the eight core convictions I discuss.