edited by J. Patout Burns
contributions by Abdulaziz Sachedina, Michael N. Nagler, Edward McGlynn Gaffney, J. Patout Burns, J. Patout Burns, Michael J. Broyde, Everett Gendler, Yehudah Mirsky, Naomi Goodman, John H. Yoder, John P. Langan and Walter Wink
Georgetown University Press, 1996
Cloth: 978-0-87840-603-6
Library of Congress Classification BL65.V55W37 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.17873


This volume examines the limits Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have set for the use of coercive violence. It probes the agreements and disagreements of these major religious traditions on pacifism (the abjurance of all force) and quietism (the avoidance of force unless certain stringent conditions are met).

The distinguished contributors examine the foundations for nonviolence in each religion, criticize the positions each religion has taken, address the inherent challenges nonviolence poses, and evaluate the difficulty of practicing nonviolence in a secular society. The concluding essay defines the common ground, isolates the points of conflict, and suggests avenues of further inquiry.

The most important contribution this volume makes is to demonstrate that no Western religious tradition provides a basis for the glorification of violence. Rather, each accepts warfare as a regretted necessity and sets strict limits on the use of force.

This work offers new insights for those interested in the ethics of warfare, peace studies, religious traditions, and international affairs.

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