War and Peace in Christianity and Buddhism
A look at the attitudes towards war and peace in Christianity and Buddhism.
This paper examines the positions taken by the Buddhist and Christian churches on the issues of war and peace. It provides an historical look at these religions and how these attitudes have evolved over time.
“Even those of us who are not Christians are probably aware of Christ’s pronouncement that we should turn the other cheek to receive a second blow from an enemy rather than to strike out in anger or aggression ourselves, and as a result we are probably inclined to think about Christianity along with a number of the world’s other major religions as being against war. In fact, however, the position of established religions on the issues of war and peace is not as simple or straightforward as we might think it would be or like it to be. ”