Clarification of TermsI just wanted to point out that there is a huge difference between "passivism" and "pacifism."  There is nothing passive about Yoder's reading of Scripture.  Christians...

Clarification of Terms

I just wanted to point out that there is a huge difference between "passivism" and "pacifism."  There is nothing passive about Yoder's reading of Scripture.  Christians should be taking an active role, but one without violence.

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Very valid point! Jesus upset many of the norms of his culture with his deeds and actions. He talked to women, went out of his way to pay attention to young children, ate with lawyers and tax collectors (for the Roman occupiers, no less!) and others who were outcasts in the eyes of the Jewish leaders. His parables used what would have been considered extremely radical and disturbing illustrations at times - consider the parable of the Good Samaritan. The common opinion among Jews would have been that there could be no such person as a "good" resident in Samaria.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

 

I agree with you. Passivism means that you just accept whatever happens to you. You can be activist and also pacifist. Pacifism is the rejection of violence, but it does not mean ignoring problems. If you ignore problems, they will only grow.

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