This site is designed to investigate the historic, Christian practice of loving one’s enemies. All are invited to participate and work with us to discover truth with regard to this vital subject. Please read our purpose statement. Note: this site is not associated with any ministry, denomination, or college though we have sought to pull together the very best of what is available from the early Christian writings, historic Anabaptism, as well as many other authors from the last couple of centuries (i.e. Leo Tolstoy).
Each post includes one text which bears on the subject. The Scripture reference is the title. The post begins with quoting the verses in the title. Next the poster writes a commentary to flesh out the implications that this text brings to our study on loving our enemies.
Each post includes quotations from the Ante-Nicene Fathers. The reference will be the title. Each post includes quotation and dates from each author.
The question posed will be the title of each post. The issues in this category include various applications of the Scriptural and historical research. Questions could include “Should Christians be in the military?” “Is self-defense ever justified?” “Does pacifism imply non-participation in all government institutions?” and so on.
The post title will be a short phrase identifying the argument against pacifism (eg. Just War Theory). It is important that the poster does not mis-represent the view they intend to defeat. Straw-man arguments don’t help anyone. Please summarize the argument against pacifism and then analyze it and respond.
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The post title contains the name of the person who is being considered. The body of the post will be filled with a quotation from a member of the radical reformation followed by commentary.
Each post will be titled by the person’s name. Next any relevant quotations from historical sources will be made. Last, the poster provides how this person demonstrates the doctrine of non-resistance. It is likely that many of the historical people in this category will be martyrs but this is not necessary to qualify.
The title will be a short phrase expressing the major point of the quotation. Please cite the source and make available any web links that may apply.
Here is where one can find a variety of articles that address various issues related to Jesus’ radical command to love one’s enemies that do not fit into the categories listed above.
Books here can be read online and are free from copyright restrictions. Examples include, The Kingdom of God is Within You by Leo Tolstoy, War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ by David Low Dodge, and The Early Christian Attitude to War by C. J. Cadoux. If you know of an e-book that we should add, please let us know by going to our feedback section.
A listing of recommended books on this important subject. While there may not be agreement on every point raised by each author, these books capture much of the heart of Jesus’ command to love ones enemies. Short description and online ordering information included.