Further Resources

Here is a list of various free resources on Christian nonviolence. It includes the church fathers, writings of pacifist leaning Christians throughout church history and websites. If you have any more resources to include, please let me know so I can expand the list!

Here is a document I’m working on to be an extensive source for studying Biblical nonviolence. It’s in its infancy right now, but I at least have some of the more prominent verses. I’d like to include some resources, deeper arguments, Biblical themes and responses to opposing views. If anyone has comments, suggestions or anything to add, again, please let me know so I can add it in.

Pacifism in the Bible

Early Christians:

As for reading the church fathers, both http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/ and http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/index.html are good. Here’s a short list of some of the relevant writings for each father. I’ll continue to add onto this.

Justin Martyr: First Apology 14-16, 39; Dialogue with Trypho 85, 96, 110

Irenaeus: Against Heresies Book 2 Chapter 32, Book 4 Chapter 34, Book 5 Chapter 24; Proof of Apostolic Preaching 61, 96

Clement of Alexandria: Exhortation to the Greeks 10; Paedagogus (The Instructor) Book I, Chapters 12,18; Book II Chapters 4, 18; Stromata (Miscellanies) Book II, Chapter 18

Tertullian: Apology 30, 31, 37, 42; Of Patience; An Answer to the Jews 3 ; The Shows 2, 16; On Idolatry 17-19; Against Marcion Book 3 Chapter 14, 21, 22, Book 4 Chapter 16, Book 5 Chapter 18; The Crown Everything, but especially 1-4, 11; To Scapula

Origen: On First Principles 4.18; Homilies on Joshua In particular 14, 15; Commentary on Matthew Commentary on 26:52; Against Celsus 1.1, 2.3, 3.7,3.8, 4.82, 4.83, 4.9, 5.33, 7.18-20, 7.22, 7.26, 7.58, 7.59. 7.61, 8.35, 8.55, 8.65-75; Commentary on John 20.290, 20.292

Cyprian: (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iv.ii.html) To Demetrius 16, 17, 20; To Donatus 6, 7; Testimonies Against Jews Book III Chapters 8, 49, 106; On the Advantage of Patience, Epistle VIII To Martyrs and Confessors, On the Lapsed 10

Lactantius: (http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0701.htmThe Divine Institutes 1.18, 3.18, 5.8, 5.10, 5.17-19, 5.23, 6.5 6.6, 6.9, 6.18, 6.20

Writings in Open Domain:

Peter Chelčický: The Net of Faith , On Spiritual Warfare

Erasmus: Erasmus Against War , The Praise of Folly

James Nayler: The Lamb’s War

Leo Tolstoy: The Kingdom of God is Within You ,  What Shall We Do? , The Law of Love and the Law of Violence

John Cecil Cadoux: The Early Christian Attitude to War

Toyohiko Kagawa: Meditations on the Cross

Jeremy Gabrielson: Paul’s Non-Violent Gospel: The Theological Politics of Peace in Paul’s Life and Letters (PhD thesis)


Christian Nonviolence Discord









A Huge Collection of Essays on the Subject

Massive Collection of Dorothy Day’s Works

The End of Just War: Why Christian Realism Require Nonviolence by Stanley Hauerwas

The Sacrifices of War and the Sacrifice of Christ by Stanley Hauerwas

Does ISIS Prove Nonviolence Wrong? by Ronald Snider

Two Essays on Anabaptist-Mennonite Nonresistance


Nomad Podcast: Stephen Backhouse – For God and Country?

Pacifism, Just War and Peace

“It’s Just War” – Should Christians Fight?

Bridgetown Church Podcast – In Particular #15-20

Nigel Biggar and Stanley Hauerwas have a friendly discussion on Pacifism and Just War

Creeds and Statements etc:

A Declaration from the Harmless and Innocent People of God… Quaker, 1660

Schleitheim Confession (Swiss Brethren) Anabaptist, 1527

Dordrecht Confession Dutch Mennonite, 1632

Elbing Catechism Mennonite, 1778

Declaration of Christian Faith and Commitment with Respect to Peace, War, and Nonresistance Mennonite, 1951