Synopses & Reviews
Few books on the market share not only a vision of Jesus' nonviolence but also ways of actually living out that same vision today. Who better to write such a work than Father John Dear, an internationally known peacemaker?
Put Down Your Sword invites us into Jesus' way of nonviolence as presented by the Gospels. Arguing that all Christians must follow Christ's example in the ways of peace, Dear outlines the many actions he himself has taken following the path of nonviolence, modeling his own vision of peace in this turbulent world.
First sharing his convictions and insights about the nonviolence of Jesus, the Beatitudes, the nature of God, and the mystery of the resurrection, Dear goes on to relate stories from the various protests in which he has been involved. Journal entries from missions to India and Colombia offer a poignant backdrop for his impassioned argument. Dear also profiles the peacemakers he finds most inspiring, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Henri Nouwen to Joan Baez. Finally, he reflects on care for the earth, the teachings of Thomas Merton, and the vision of a new world without war, poverty, or violence.
Table of Contents
The Commandments of Gospel nonviolence -- The last words of Jesus -- The Beatitudes of peace -- Our image of God -- The politics of the sacred heart -- Resurrection! -- The common ground of interfaith nonviolence -- Nonviolence in action -- Sackcloth and ashes -- Standing up at the School of the Americas -- To the tombs and back -- The Santa Fe Nine -- Generosity, not domination -- Pilgrimages of nonviolence -- A pilgrimage to Gandhi's India -- Witness for peace in Colombia -- The road isn't easy -- Practitioners of nonviolence -- Dr. King's daring nonviolence -- The moral leadership of Ignacio Ellacur