by William De Arteaga. The gun control debate Gun control is regularly debated in the United States, not the least when horrible mass shootings occur in schools, cinemas and other places. What is lacking in the dispute is a consideration of the spiritual dimensions of gun control. The silence from the pulpit on this issue is … More The Demonic Factor in Mass Shootings: Exorcism as Gun Control
Brian Pipkin’s and Jay Beaman’s new book documents some of the pacifist and social justice convictions of early Pentecostals, many of whom were called traitors, slackers, cranks, and weak-minded people for extending Jesus’ love beyond racial, ethnic, and national boundaries. They wrestled with citizenship and Jesus’ prohibitions on killing. They rejected nation-worship, war profiteering, wage slavery, patriotic … More New Book: Early Pentecostals on Nonviolence and Social Justice
by Paul Alexander This afternoon I made a sign that says, “Love is Enough.” Then I drove to a political rally, got out of the car, and sat under a tree across the street from the supporters of the politician. I didn’t say anything. I sat behind the sign so that only the sign showed.
A Vatican conference rejects the Catholic church’s long-held teachings on just war theory, saying they have been used to justify violent conflicts and the global church must reconsider Jesus’ teachings on Gospel nonviolence.
by Ronald J. Sider Too often, power is understood only in terms of lethal coercion. Mao Zedong said that power is what comes from the barrel of a gun. Certainly power includes the ability to control people’s actions by the threat or use of lethal violence; however, the people also possess nonviolent collective power because … More The Power of Nonviolent Action
It sounds like the perfect ingredients for a fictional novel, but this is actually the true story of how Craig and Médine Keener met each other and eventually got married. PCPJ got an exclusive interview with one of the authors of the forthcoming book Impossible Love.
by David Swartz In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft, a prominent advocate of the war in Iraq, wrote a song called “Let the Eagle Soar.” It was a deeply patriotic song, which included the following lyrics: “Like she’s never soared before, from rocky coast to golden shore, let the … More Pentecostal and Holiness Statements on War and Peace
by John Dear Mahatma Gandhi considered Jesus the most active person of nonviolence in the history of the world. He was dismayed, however, that so few Christians understood or embraced Jesus’ nonviolence.
by Martin Luther King, Jr. 1) Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
Did you know that Pentecostal denominations have not always been militaristic? For example, during WWI, Pentecostals widely professed pacifism, the active promotion of peace, and resisted participation in warfare. Learn More