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Force, Violence, Nonviolence
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1. Theology and Ethics

1.1. Term

“Force” is a term with many nuances. In the sense of violence it can denote unlawful acts that threaten, harm, or destroy the life or liberty (freedom) of a person (or animal), the property of someone, or social order. It may also be used for the lawful force that a government must have in order to give stability to society. The lack of precision derives from the matter itself and is reflected in Greek and Latin as well as English, French, and Germa…

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Lienemann, Wolfgang, Gill, David and Rempel, John D., “Force, Violence, Nonviolence”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F138>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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