The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, broke away from the Church of England and in 1660 formally declared to King Charles II: "We utterly deny all outward wars and strife, and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretense whatever; this is our testimony to the whole world. The Spirit of Christ . . . which leads us into all truth, will never move us to fight and war against any man with outward weapons, neither for the kingdom of Christ, nor for the kingdoms of this world." Since then the Quakers have developed rich traditions of thought and action around pacifism, nonviolent struggle, and commitment to social justice. Prof. Roberts, winner of multiple teaching awards, peace and justice activist, and a Quaker, will introduce us to the history of Quaker thought and action around violence, nonviolence, and justice.
Eric Roberts is Professor of Computer Science; Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Engineering; John and Cynthia Gunn University Fellow in Undergraduate Education.
Part of a Series: “Religious Perspectives On Violence, Nonviolence, War & Peace.” Audio podcasts of lectures available on iTunesU. For more on the series and link to podcasts: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/november/podcast-war-peace-112712.html
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