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A Question of Faith: A History of the New Zealand Christian Pacifist Society

A Question of Faith: A History of the New Zealand Christian Pacifist Society
   

Christian pacifists opposed all war, at all times irrespective of political developments. They shared a core and absolute belief, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, that war was a moral and ethical sin. David Grant, New Zealands foremost author on this topic, draws on his... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781927260104
Published 12 August 2013 by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Available in EPUB format
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Author(s) By Grant, David
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ISBN-13 9781927260104
ISBN-10 1927260108
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 12 August 2013
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format EPUB ebook
Author(s) By Grant, David
Category History
Peace Studies
History
Australasian & Pacific History
History of Specific Subjects
Christianity
Christian theology
Christian institutions & organizations
Christian social thought & activity
Religious Groups
Social Issues
Civil Rights & Citizenship
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christian Theology
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 119
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Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 529170

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On the evening of 2 June 1941, Christian Pacifist Society activist, Presbyterian Minister and well-known poet Basil Dowling mounted the drinking fountain in Wellingtons Pigeon Park to commence a public denunciation of war. Like those before him he faced certain arrest and imprisonment. When he later wrote on why he tried to attempt the improbable he began his explanation by stating that it was, simply a question of faith.

This stand was typical of the idealism and courage shown by members of the Society.

In March 1936, Wellington Methodist Minister Ormond Burton and his circuit steward A C Barrington established the Christian Pacifist Society of New Zealand open only to adult communicant members of mainstream churches. This represented both the culmination of a long period of burgeoning pacifist sentiment within the Methodist Church and in particular, its Bible Class, and the beginning of New Zealands most assertive pacifist movement both before and, as much as it was possible, during World War II.

Christian pacifists opposed all war, at all times irrespective of political developments. They shared a fundamental and absolutist belief, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, that war was a moral and ethical sin in Gods eyes.

Their beliefs led many members to publicly protest against World War II for which some were jailed, to become conscientious objectors and suffer detention in camps for indeterminate sentences and after the war to establish a community at Riverside near Motueka.

David Grant, New Zealands foremost author on this topic, draws on his personal interviews with members from the 1980s onwards and other research to tell the stories of these committed men and women, and of the organisation they formed. The book includes 30 photographs from the authors collection, several of which are published here for the first time.

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Author's Bio

David Grant is a professional historian based in Wellington. This is his eighth publication. He became a full time, free-lance writer in 1990, partly because of the pleasure he experienced in researching and writing Out In The Cold: Pacifists and Conscientious Objectors in New Zealand During World War II (Auckland 1986), and the post-graduate university work that preceded it.

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