Posted by: sean | March 3, 2008

Irenaeus: a.d. 180

Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 1, p. 512
The new covenant that brings back peace and the law that gives life have gone forth over the whole earth, as the prophets said: “For out of Zion will go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem; and he will rebuke many people; and they will break down their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks, and they will no longer learn to fight”…These people [Christians] formed their swords and war-lances into plowshares,…that is, into instruments used for peaceful purposes. So now, they are unaccustomed to fighting. When they are struck, they offer also the other cheek.

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