Title

God and Nonviolence: Creedal Theology and Christian Ethics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2014

Abstract

This essay appropriates the creedal tradition of Christian theology in order to propose a doctrinal framework for a nonviolent ethic. This task is pursued in three stages: first, by situating the present argument with respect to the “nonviolent God" perspective within contemporary Anabaptism; second, by outlining a doctrinal framework of Christian theology that coheres with the orthodox tradition of the ecumenical creeds; and, most important, by demonstrating that such a doctrinal framework, far from inevitably accommodating a violent ethic, is not only folly compatible with a nonviolent ethic but also contains a cogent rationale for such an ethic.

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