Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands But Most Christians Have Never Really Tried
:There are numerous examples throughout history of effective nonviolent action. Nonviolent protesters defied the Soviet Empire's communist rulers, Gandhi's nonviolent revolution defeated the British Empire, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s peaceful civil-rights crusade changed American history. Recent scholarship shows that...
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:There are numerous examples throughout history of effective nonviolent action. Nonviolent protesters defied the Soviet Empire's communist rulers, Gandhi's nonviolent revolution defeated the British Empire, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s peaceful civil-rights crusade changed American history. Recent scholarship shows that nonviolent revolutions against injustice and dictatorship are actually more successful than violent campaigns. In this book, noted theologian and bestselling author Ron Sider argues that the search for peaceful alternatives to violence is not only a practical necessity in the wake of the twentieth century--the most bloody in human history--but also a moral demand of the Christian faith. He presents compelling examples of how nonviolent action has been practiced in history and in current social-political situations to promote peace and oppose injustice, showing that this path is a successful and viable alternative to violence.
Ronald J. Sider (PhD. (History): Yale University) is the president of Evangelicals for Social Action and professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the well-received The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience, Just Generosity, Why Are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?; Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospeland the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.
- :<b>contents<br></b>foreword By Richard J. Mouw<br>introduction<br><b>part I: Proving It Works: From Early Beginnings To Stunning Successes<br></b>1. Early Developments<br>2. Gandhi: Defeating The British Empire<br>3. Martin Luther King&jr. And Gandhian Nonviolence: The Battle Against American Racism<br>4. Nonviolent Intervention In Guerrilla Warfare<br>5. Wheelchairs Versus Tanks<br><b>part Ii: Defeating The Soviet Empire<br></b>6. Solidarity: A Trade Union And The Pope Versus Communist Dictators<br>7. The Revolution Of The Candles: The Nonviolent Overthrow Of East German Communists<br><b>part Iii: Recent Victories Of A Growing Movement<br></b>8. &quot;gather The Women To Pray For Peace&quot;: Liberian Women Overthrow A Dictator<br>9. Nonviolence In The Arab Spring<br>10. Intervening, Accompanying, And Reporting: The Growth Of Peacemaker Teams<br><b>part Iv: The Time To Act<br></b>11. Truly Testing The Possibilities Of Nonviolent Action--for The First Time In Christian History<br>12. The Moral Equivalent Of War