We will fight for peace, but we will do no violence.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tertullian on Non-Violence

"The Lord, in disarming Peter, disarmed every soldier." —Tertullian from "On Idolatry"

“Can it be lawful to make an occupation of the sword, when the Lord proclaims that ‘he who uses the sword shall perish by the sword’? And shall the son of peace take part in battle, when it does not become him even to sue at law? Shall he apply the chain, the prison, the torture, and the punishment, when he is not [even] the avenger of his own wrongs?” - Tertullian, The Crown

“Emperors could only believe in Christ if they were not emperors – as if Christians could ever be emperors.”- Tertullian’s Apology, 2nd century