Nonviolent resistance is a successful* means for achieving meaningful and positive social change. Here are a few resources for those who would like to learn more:
- Nonviolence/Nonviolent Direct Action: Working for peace and justice with nonviolent methods.
- Pacifism: Refusing to kill other people, most notably in war.
- Peacemaking: Working to end violence and to promote reconciliation, justice, harmony, respect and human flourishing.
Articles & Blog Posts
- A Call for Evangelical Nonviolence (Ron Sider, Christian Century, Sep 15, 1976, pp. 753-757).
- Christian Nonviolence (Walter Wink, Z Net, Dec 17, 2004). Wink is the author of Jesus and Nonviolence, Engaging the Power, Unmasking the Powers, & Naming the Powers.
- Five Characteristics of Early Christian Nonviolence (Thom Stark, n.d.).
- God’s People Reconciling (Ron Sider, Mennonite World Conference, 1984). Ron is the author of Non-Violence, Churches That Make a Difference, & Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.
- The Gospel of Reconciliation within the Wrath of Nations (David W. Shenk, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 32 no 1 Jan 2008, p 3-6, 8-9). This is only available to Ebsco users. Shenk authored or edited Jesus Matters, A Muslim and A Christian in Dialogue, & Anabaptists Meeting Muslims.
- The Long Journey of a Christian Pacifist (Ben Witherington, Patheos.com, Oct. 3, 2012)
- MLK comic book (Fellowship of Reconciliation).
- Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Maria J. Stephan & Erica Chenoweth, International Security, Summer 2008, Vol. 33, No. 1, Pages 7-44).
- Sojourners’ discussion guide.
- Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, Adam Roberts & Timothy Garton Ash, eds. (New York, NY: Oxford, 2009).
- The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment, Ron Sider (Baker, 2012).
- The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas, Louis Fischer, ed. (Vintage, 2002).
- From Dictatorship to Democracy, Gene Sharp (2003). [download here]
- A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, Peter Ackerman & Jack DuVall (St. Martin’s Press, 2000).
- Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age, 2nd ed., David Cortright (Paradigm, 2009).
- Nonviolent Action: A Research Guide, Ronald M. McCarthy & Gene Sharp (New York: Garland, 1997).
- Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, Mark Kurlansky (Modern Library, 2008).
- Non-Violence: The Invincible Weapon?, Ron Sider (1989).
- People Power and Protest since 1945: A Bibliography on Nonviolent Action, April Carter, Howard Clark, & Michael Randle, eds. (London: Housmans, 2006).
- The Politics of Jesus, 2nd ed., John Howard Yoder (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1994).
- The Politics of Nonviolent Action, 3 Volumes (Gene Sharp, 1973). [WorldCat] [Einstein Institution]
- The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace, Howard Zinn, ed. (Beacon, 2002).
- Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century, Peter Ackerman and Christopher Kruegler (Praeger, 1993).
- A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., James M. Washington, ed. (HarperOne, 1990).
- Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential, Gene Sharp (Boston, MA: Extending Horizons, 2005).
See also these seven Gene Sharp book, which are available online — list with links.
- A Force More Powerful
- Encounter Point
- Little Town of Bethlehem
- Pray the Devil Back to Hell
- The Singing Revolution
Organizations & Websites
- The Einstein Foundation
- Fellowship of Reconciliation
- Nonviolence International
- Voices for Creative Nonviolence
- Waging Nonviolence
Sermons on Peace/Nonviolence:
- On the Care and Feeding of Enemies (Matthew Dowling)
- The Active, Nonviolence of Jesus – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9 (Series by Herb Montgomery)
- Blessed are the Peacemakers (Series by Rob Bell at Mars Hill)
- The Cross and the Sword (Series by Greg Boyd at Woodland Hills; search for series title in 2004) and at Jesus Radicals
*Of course it’s not 100% effective, but neither is violence. By definition 50% of all fighting parties lose, and even the “winning” side in a war loses in casualties and fatalities. See this on the failure of nonviolence.