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The Economist Book of Isms by John Andrews

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Pacifism The belief that violence, including war, is never justifiable (pacifism is therefore often synonymous with the refusal of conscientious objectors to participate in military service). Pacifism may be based on pragmatism, with the argument that there must be a less costly way than violence to solve a dispute. More usually it is based on moral principle, with pacifists rejecting the theory, advanced among others by the Roman Catholic church, of the just war. Several Christian denominations, from the Quakers and Anabaptists to the Amish and Jehovah’s Witnesses, practise pacifism, citing Christ’s command to “turn the other cheek”. Perhaps the most famous practitioner of pacifism in modern times (influenced by the pacifist writings of the ...

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