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Over the years, a large number of articles and books have been written on the subject of this book, ranging from advocating almost any kind of violence to the strictest pacifism. Johannes Nissen analysis of the word pacifism shows that it comes from pax and facere thus meaning peacemaker something active, but exactly how active should Christian be, and should one apply violent means or non-violent ones? The very few persons analysed in the book do not allow for any kind of generalisation. Nevertheless, the various contributions touched upon number of common features: personal commitment to Christianity, reluctance to and restraint in the use of violence, and Martyrdom. The methods of resistance varied a lot; Braune appealed to the authorities in an attempt to tell the head of state, Adolf Hitler, what was happening, and he then started active, non-violent resistance by hiding mentally ill persons and forging documents, etc.

Keywords: Christianity; Martyrdom; non-violent resistance; pacifism



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