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“The moral imperative to do justice within Christian pacifism: Tensions and limits. “

Friesen, Duane K
June 4, 2015

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

In this paper Friesen addresses issues pertaining to pacifism and justice, especially the perspective of many that pacifism fails to address and seek justice. Related to this perspective are arguments by non-pacifist Christians that justice should have priority and that force may be justified in the pursuit of justice. In response Friesen argues four theses: (1) true pacifism seeks justice as integral to nonviolence; (2)there are a number of practices for seeking justice within pacifism; (3) violence actually inhibits the achievement of justice; and (4) neither pacifism nor “just warâ€? can guarantee the achievement of justice.


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