I just received a copy of Michael Long’s Christian Peace and Nonviolence: A Documentary History. I’m pretty excited about it and would love to give you a full-blown review but that’s reserved for a future journal entry.
I can tell you this much: it’s quite thorough and contains sections of scripture, works from the early church, the medieval church, the reformation, modernity, and the contemporary church. It’s also very eclectic including readings from: Cyprian, Arnobius, Pelagius, Lucretia Mott, Jakob Hutter, George Fox, Sojourner Truth, Clarence Darrow, Marjorie Swann, Cesar Chavez, Jaques Ellul, William Stringfellow, Carter Heyward, Takashi Nagai, and Miroslav Volf. And, I mean, that’s like a fifth of the people included. There’s many more (and not just western sources either), so order a copy and read what your favorite practitioner of nonviolence has to say. Chances are you will need their words and witness as I assume you are surrounded by far more Christians willing to kill than not.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.