Quaker Quicks - Why I am a Pacifist
A reflection on the lives of peacemakers past and present, and a call for a more nonviolent world.
Tim Gee tells the story of why he became a pacifist and what it means to him. Gee reflects on the lives of peacemakers past and present to provide responses to questions like “Don’t we have to hit back if we're hurt?”, “Don’t we need war to respond to evil?” and “Doesn’t religion justify wars?”. This is a critique of war, but more than that, it stakes a claim for pacifism's feminist and anti-racist qualities. This is a call for a more nonviolent world.
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Following Maria J Stephan’s insight that overall nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to succeed as military ones, in Tim Gee’s hands pacifism becomes the ultimate campaign, in the sense that it offers resistance not only to conventional wars but also the violence of poverty and racism, gender-based violence and inequality across the globe. Framed by the author’s personal reflections, interspersed with insights from the Quaker tradition on equality and peace, this excellent resource will encourage us to challenge our propensity to violence both as individuals and in our organisations. ~ Henrietta Cullinan, London Catholic Worker
Tim Gee is wonderfully articulate in this informative, thought provoking and moving account of why he, along with many other Quakers, is a pacifist. ~ Chloe Scaling, The Young Quaker magazine
This book is a short, clear, comprehensive explanation of pacifism that covers all the bases and doesn’t shy away from the difficult questions. As it moves effortlessly from the theory of a Just War to the practical successes of nonviolent protest, from the origins of pacifism to its links with the struggles against racism and sexism, the book highlights just how essential a peaceful approach is to us and the world. ~ Oliver Robertson, Fellowship of Reconciliation UK