THE RELEVANCE OF CHRIST'S TEACHINGS ON PEACE TO A SOCIETY PLAGUED BY VIOLENCE by l'vIichele Desiree Reddy

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2004 unpublished
THE RELEVANCE OF CHRIST'S TEACHINGS ON PEACE TO A SOCIETY PLAGUED BY VIOLENCE In this dissertation I explore the relevance of Christ's teachings on peace, and its effectiveness over the years, namely, through the lives of three individwlis, Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi and l\Iartin Luther King Jr. Special attention is paid to each one's philosophy of non-violence as well as their understanding and application of the concept resist not evil by force. Included also are current thoughts pertaining
more » ... houghts pertaining to non-violence. My conclusion is that the doctrine of non-violence requites much more than just abstinence from yiolence to be effective. It involves a change in roindset, emotiorull responses, spiritrull accountability, social transformation, self-\vorth, discipline and most importandy restraint. This study is based on qualitative research conducted by myself. It will show that the ultimate source of peace is God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. II DECL\R:\TION I, Michele Desiree Reddy, hereby declare that the work, on which this dissertation is based, is my own and that all sources that I have used and quoted have been indicated and acknowledged by means of complete reference. MICHELE DESIREE REDDY ill DATE DEDICATION I dedicate this study to those individuals who know the sacrifice of true Christianity, who Mve mastered the art of Satyagraha (the law of love, which opposes violence) and ahimsa (the love for truth), as well as to those individuals who have found tMt ttue peace originates from ,vithin oneself, through the knowledge of God in Christ Jesus. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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