Source: (2001) Paper presented at the Theology and Culture: Peacemaking in a Globalized World conference. Bienenberg Theological Seminary, Switzerland, 25-29 June.

Hillman maintains that Quaker nonresistance to evil is not passive, as in some forms of pacifism, but assertive testimony or witness to the truth (“the Lamb’s War,â€? in early Quaker thought). To demonstrate this, he sketches some incidents in Quaker history (in the mid seventeenth century, William Penn and the Pennsylvania experiment, and modern Quaker experience), and he outlines key characteristics of Quaker peace testimony. He also remarks on Walter Wink’s contemporary interpretation of the Quaker peace witness (the Lamb’s War) in terms of “Jesus’ Third Wayâ€? – the nonviolent confrontation of evil. Hillman then describes the Alternatives to Violence Project, a model for nonviolent conflict resolution in prisons and other settings.


Read Full Article