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“What Anabaptist-Mennonite confessions of faith say about violence and nonviolence.”

Harder, Helmut
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.

Harder examines the historical legacy of the Anabaptist-Mennonite peace tradition as affirmed in confessions of faith from the beginning of the movement to the present. He surveys a number of significant confessional statements, including the following: the Schleithem Confession; a Hutterite confession of faith; the Dortrecht Confession; confessions of faith in Prussia, Russia, and Canada; and modern Mennonite confessions. In the course of his examination he compares the various confessional teachings on violence and nonviolence to identify commonalities and to reflect on implications for initiatives among churches to overcome violence.


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