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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
November 7th, 2014 by Joel Watts

Quote of the day – George Orwell on #Pacifism

Those who “abjure” violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.

via George Orwell, “Notes on Nationalism,” May, 1945 .

Thought this might start a conversation…

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


4 Responses to “Quote of the day – George Orwell on #Pacifism”
  1. My word to the pacifists: “Thank you for nothing!”

  2. I guess there must be another interpretation of “43Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 45that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven”?

    • nope. this is why the Church developed a Just War theory. But, I think that in the end, the best pacifists are not those who are never tried in the philosophy, but those who are tried, failed, and then preach.

  3. Since the subject is George Orwell, I could be my obnoxious self, and say in context of religion…
    Following the lead of “1984”, “Ministry of Peace” is to “Just War”, as “Big Brother” is to
    “_ _ _ _ _”. Begins with a “J”, and ends with an “S”. I am not a pacifist, but I accept the fact that “Just War” should not be compatible with Jesus, since we are making the decision to judge an enemy is deserving of a Hellfire missile up his tailpipe. A religion contorting definitions to justify “Just War” is OK we me, but they are playing the “Ministry of Truth” game.

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