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Pacifism and the Church of God

During the American Civil War, Sabbatarian Adventists in the state of Iowa petitioned their state legislature for official recognition as a pacifist church. They wanted the legislature to recognize their pacifist convictions to help protect the church's young men from the draft. Their action provoked the Sabbatarian Adventist movement as a whole to quickly become pacifist, despite their obvious sentiments for a Union victory. In the wars that followed, members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Church of God (Seventh Day) continued their pacifist tradition.

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Letter Regarding Pacifism

I read your article "War in the Old Testament" and especially the editorial "Pacifism and the Church of God" with more than normal interest.

As you noted, considering the possible implications for our young men and women, this is a serious subject. It intrigues me because of having done a graduate project on the American peace movement, with special reference to the 1920s, and having had to argue the case for just war in an exegesis class at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, in 1993 (assigned by the instructor).

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Neil Earle
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