This thesis attempts to underscore the spiritual and physical necessity of nonviolence and to lay out a design for genuine and sustainable nonviolence. Nonviolence is of great importance. In part one, I look at the traditional roots of nonviolence in Christianity and its history, significant aspects of nonviolence and a nonviolent worldview. I also include Modern dilemmas, historical examples of violence and nonviolence, Just war theory, conscientious objection and a variety of other elements that contribute to a basic look at nonviolence. This I feel should be supplemented and supported by a spiritual grounding and deep-rooted affirmation of life. In part, two I explore contemplation. In contemplation, one can be filled with the peace of God, which enables risky action like nonviolence. Work, vulnerability, interdependency, busyness, false self and a numerous other elements have been linked together in the discussion of contemplation. This wide range of ideas connect together and demonstrate the large scope and complexity of contemplation.


Kammer, III, Charles L.


Religious Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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