Nonviolence

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:

Definitions (simple)

  • 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

Books

  • 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.

Films

Organizations & Websites

Action

Sermons on Peace/Nonviolence:

*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.

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