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Kingdom to CommuneProtestant Pacifist Culture between World War I and the Vietnam Era$
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Patricia Appelbaum

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832677

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889763_appelbaum

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“Victories without Violence”

“Victories without Violence”

Pacifist Stories

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Kingdom to Commune

Patricia Appelbaum

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores Protestant pacifist exempla. The exempla are among the most revealing of pacifist cultural productions. They define and explore the meaning of peace and what it means to live as a pacifist, and in so doing reveal a worldview, a set of shared assumptions about the nature of reality. Elements of this worldview have been seen in other pacifist cultural practices; the chapter explores how it was shaped and sustained by narratives. These narratives fall into three overlapping genres: brief heroic biographies, often tending in the direction of hagiography; stories that express a commonly held belief, such as the feasibility of international peace; and stories that show how to live a life consistent with pacifist convictions.

Keywords:   religious pacifism, Protestant pacifism, pacifist exempla, pacifist culture, narratives

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