Put down Your Sword: Answering the Gospel Call to Creative Nonviolence

Put down Your Sword: Answering the Gospel Call to Creative Nonviolence

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by John Dear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802863574

ISBN-13: 9780802863577

Pub. Date: 08/28/2008

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Few books on the market share not only a vision of Jesus' nonviolence but also ways of actuallyliving out that same vision today. Who better to write such a work than Father John Dear, an internationally known peacemaker?

Put Down Your Sword invites us into Jesus' way of nonviolence as presented by the Gospels. Arguing that

Overview

Few books on the market share not only a vision of Jesus' nonviolence but also ways of actuallyliving out that same vision today. Who better to write such a work than Father John Dear, an internationally known peacemaker?

Put Down Your Sword invites us into Jesus' way of nonviolence as presented by the Gospels. Arguing that all Christians must follow Christ's example in the ways of peace, Dear outlines the many actions he himself has taken following the path of nonviolence, modeling his own vision of peace in this turbulent world.

First sharing his convictions and insights about the nonviolence of Jesus, the Beatitudes, the nature of God, and the mystery of the resurrection, Dear goes on to relate stories from the various protests in which he has been involved. Journal entries from missions to India and Colombia offer a poignant backdrop for his impassioned argument. Dear also profiles the peacemakers he finds most inspiring, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Henri Nouwen to Joan Baez. Finally, he reflects on care for the earth, the teachings of Thomas Merton, and the vision of a new world without war, poverty, or violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802863577
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
191
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
The Commandments of Gospel Nonviolence     1
The Last Words of Jesus     3
The Beatitudes of Peace     6
Our Image of God     11
The Politics of the Sacred Heart     14
Resurrection!     17
The Common Ground of Interfaith Nonviolence     20
Nonviolence in Action     25
Sackcloth and Ashes     27
Standing Up at the School of the Americas     32
To the Tombs and Back     35
The Santa Fe Nine     39
Generosity, Not Domination     42
Pilgrimages of Nonviolence     45
A Pilgrimage to Gandhi's India     47
Witness for Peace in Colombia     80
The Road Isn't Easy     110
Practitioners of Nonviolence     115
Dr. King's Daring Nonviolence     117
The Moral Leadership of Ignacio Ellacuria, Cesar Chavez, and Philip Berrigan     124
Ten Nobel Peace Laureates     134
Henri Nouwen's Spirituality of Peace     137
Denise Levertov's Peacemaking Poetry     141
Joan Baez: A Voice for Peace     144
Bill O'Donnell: Peacemaking Priest     147
On Retreat with Thich NhatHanh     154
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose     158
Franziska and Franz Jagerstatter     162
The Vision of Nonviolence     169
The Earth Means the World to Me     171
The Wisdom of Thomas Merton     175
A World without War     183
Acknowledgments     190
About the Author     191

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Put down Your Sword: Answering the Gospel Call to Creative Nonviolence 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PFlinders More than 1 year ago
"Put down your sword." So said Jesus to his apostle in the Garden of Gethsemane. How many among our leaders today cite this profound peace message of Jesus as the "apostles" of perennial war do just the opposite? In this work the author reminds us just who the true Prince of Peace is, always referring to Jesus as "the nonviolent Jesus." It's worth a read by those of us deeply troubled by the current spread of war and violence everywhere. It reminds us also that the strength, courage, and faith that were Gandhi's are well and alive in great souls everywhere today, including that of this great priest/author, John Dear, S. J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago