Posted by: sean | December 17, 2007

C. J. Cadoux: The Early Christian Attitude to War

This marvelous book was first published in 1919 and is now in the public domain. Even today, it is the most comprehensive book on Christianity and war yet written. Cadoux has thoroughly researched the early writings and history of the church. This work is indispensable for any serious student of the subject.

If you have any questions about “The Early Christian Attitude to War,” then this book will probably answer it. This book shows in detail what Christians actually did with respect to the armed forces in the first four centuries, and what leading figures in the Christian movement (Clement of Alexandria, Cyprian, Justin, Ireneaus, Arnobius, Origen, Tertullian, Lactantius, Hippolytus, etc.) said about it. In brief: early Christianity was largely pacifist, and the acceptance of war came only after a fundamental reversal of the teachings of Jesus and early Christian practice.

Cadoux treats the subject thoroughly and objectively, commenting not only on early Christian writers but writers of his own generation, including Adolf Harnack and others.

Read it as |html| or |pdf|

Thanks to compassionatespirit.com and Keith Akers for the html and thanks to nonresistance.org and Tom Lock for the pdf.

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