Put Down Your Sword
Answering the Gospel Call to Creative Nonviolence
by John Dear
(Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2008)
“Put Down Your Sword” features inspiring essays on Christian nonviolence by Jesuit peacemaker John Dear. First, John invites us to consider the nonviolence of Jesus, the Beatitudes, the nature of God and the mystery of the resurrection. Then, he shares stories from recent protests and journals from recent missions to India and Colombia. Then, he profiles important peacemakers of our time, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Denise Levertov, Henri Nouwen and Joan Baez (to whom the book is dedicated). Finally, John reflects about caring for the earth, learning the lessons of Thomas Merton, and pursuing the biblical vision of a new world without war, poverty or nuclear weapons. “Put Down Your Sword” includes many of John’s National Catholic Reporter columns from www.ncrcafe.org. The cover features the beautiful art of John’s friend, John August Swanson.
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