What is the pacifist response to World War 2?

19Jan11

I’ve never had an answer for that, although if a discussion of pacifism lasts for 15 minutes or more, one side or the other will bring up Hitler. It’s inevitable.

I’d say that the proper response is the one the Holy Spirit led within Germany. In other words, the one that actually happened. Here is an article from Time magazine’s Dec 23, 1940 issue, found on their archive: Religion: German Martyrs. Note how a certain famous Jewish agnostic would actually be moved by this response that he saw.

Apparently, that particular Jewish agnostic later said of this article: “It’s true that I made a statement which corresponds approximately with the text you quoted. I made this statement during the first years of the Nazi regime — much earlier than 1940 — and my expressions were a little more moderate.”

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