Here are links to various of my writings (and a few others) on this website that directly address issues related to pacifism.
A series of seven posts on the history of pacifism in America:
- The roots of war resistance [May 31, 2019]
- Pacifism in face of the “good war” [June 3, 2019]
- Making peace through service [June 5, 2019]
- The role of pacifism in the Civil Rights Movement [June 7, 2019]
- Opposing nukes and the Vietnam War [June 13, 2019]
- Civil society and peacebuilding [June 17, 2019]
- A pacifist agenda [June 19, 2019]
“Is Christian pacifism a thing?” [May 20, 2019]
A series of four posts that try to explain what Christian pacifism is about:
- “Pacifism and violence in the struggle against oppression” [October 29, 2017]
- “Some biblical bases for pacifism” [November 4, 2017]
- “The politics of engaged pacifism” [November 7, 2017]
- “Pacifism as a way of knowing” [November 10, 2017]
Presentations and publications since 2010:
“The New Testament as a Peace Book.” Lecture at the University of Pikeville, November 12, 2013.
“The Old Testament as a Peace Book.” Lecture at the University of Pikeville, November 11, 2013.
Proclaiming Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume 2: Sermons and Blog Posts. Peace Theology Books, 2013.
Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. Cascade Books, 2013.
Writing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume 1: Short Articles. Peace Theology Books, 2012.
“Thinking Morally (and Theologically) About World War II.” Lecture at Bluffton University, October 25, 2011.
“Pacifist Reflections on the Just War Tradition.” Lecture at James Madison University, October 5, 2011.
“Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Being Revealed?” in Ted Grimsrud and Michael Hardin, eds., Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011), 3-27. [A pacifist approach to Revelation, et al]
“Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism,” Conrad Grebel Review 28.3 (Fall 2010), 22-38.
“Christian Pacifism in Brief,” in Christian Early and Ted Grimsrud, eds., A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010), 1-21.
“Old Testament Bases for Christian Peace Theology.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 1, 2010.
Pacifism with Justice: The Biblical and Theological Case: These are chapters making up a prospective book.
- (1) Introduction: Defining Pacifism
- (2) A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace
- (3) The Old Testament Peace Vision
- (4) Healing Justice: The Prophet Amos and a “New” Theology of Justice
- (5) Salvation in the Prophets, Salvation in Jesus: Mercy, Not Retribution
- (6) Pacifism and the Story of Jesus
- (7) Jesus’ Confrontation with Empire
- (8 ) Christian Pacifism and New Testament Understandings of the Death of Jesus
- (9) Romans 13: An Interpretation
- (10) Revealing a New World: Power According to Biblical Apocalyptic
- (11) The Justice of God in the Book of Revelation
- (12) Theology, Retribution, and the Ways of Peace
- (13) Theology and Restorative Justice
- (14) The Theological Roots of Violence Against Children
- (15) A Pacifist Critique of the Modern Worldview
- (16) Are Human Beings Violent by Nature?
- (17) Pacifism and Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Epistemology
- Reading List
Is Pacifism Ever an Idol? [Sermon preached at Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, VA, May 17, 2009]
A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace [Paper presented to conference on religion and peace, James Madison University, April 2005]
Is God Nonviolent? [This essay was published in Ted Grimsrud, Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the Twenty-First Century, 2007]
Civilian Public Service and Mennonite Pacifism [This essay was published in Ted Grimsrud, Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the Twenty-First Century, 2007]
A Pacifist’s Reflections After September 11 [An article published in The Mennonite, October 2, 2001]
Is the Book of Revelation a Resource for Peacemaking? [An article published in Gospel Herald, January 21, 1992]
Not a “Good War”: Thoughts on World War II [An article published in The Mennonite, June 13, 1995]
Pacifism is a Gift From God [An article published in Gospel Herald, February 1, 1994]
Just War Thought: A Pacifist Analysis [This essay was written in 1986 as a comprehensive exam at the Graduate Theological Union. Slightly updated, January 2009]
Restoring Wholeness: The Alternative to Vengeance [Chapter from a forthcoming book on the theological bases for restorative justice]
The Bible and Pacifism—Chapters from a prospective book