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Explain what the views of a Christian pacifist might be regarding war.

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Daniel King 10 Bede GCSE Religious Studies Section 2a Question 1a: Explain what the views of a Christian pacifist might be regarding war. Pacifism: "The doctrine that the abolition of war is both desirable and possible" (Oxford Dictionary) A minority of Christians believe that we can only establish peace by a definite refusal to engage in war. ...read more.

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Christian pacifists point out that Jesus condemned violence as a way of overcoming evil. They argue that if you use evil means (i.e. all the horror, suffering and death that making war involves) you will yourselves become contaminated by the evil you have released, even though you are thinking your serving the Nobel end. Jesus himself did not use violence. ...read more.

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Christians pacifists further argue that making war is not only morally wrong but also bad sense as well; war never justifies the terrific expenditure of lives and resources which it entails and war never really solves the problem at hand. Sometimes the victor is exhausted by the struggle and the defeated, filled with resentment and bitterness, may harbour plans for revenge as Hitler & the nazi's did with the allies in WW2.Thus war sows the seeds of further conflict. This is the plain lesson to be learnt from the past. ...read more.

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