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The subject of pacifism has been a long argued controversy There is no simple answer to the many moral and ethical questions this issue raises We find writings on pacifism in many of the worlds prominent religions Although pacifistic views can seem to contradict themselves the basic pacifist belief itself is multifaceted Pacifism however unpopular it may be has deep-rooted connections with the religious political and moral dilemmas that seem to be developing everyday To call oneself a pacifist today does not clearly define the personal beliefs or opinions of the individual There are many different types of pacifists however the majority falls into the category of religious pacifists grounding their beliefs against violence in the sacredness of life and the approval of a higher power The idea of pacifism can range from an absolutist point of view to strictly conditional interpretations For example an absolute pacifist confronted with an aggressive attacker would rather forfeit his life than morally corrupt himself by using violence This view is seen most often in belief systems that hold little value to this life On the opposite end of the pacifist spectrum there are many individuals that consider themselves pacifist who support war as long as it is in defense of the rights of the state This view is more often seen in the political pacifist Regardless of how extreme or flexible the different views held by pacifists violence is never the desired solution Moseley The Christian belief on violence has been to turn the other cheek This biblical insight has been subject of debate since its origin Christianity has always been based on peace even if at times it has become the source of war The professing of pacifism and the teachings of compassion by Christ are what modern Christian pacifists rely on constantly Lassarre 56 The early Church most resembles Christs example as we can recall Roman persecution and Christian non-violent resistance In Constantines era just war
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