Chapter

“Witnesses to the Life of Innocency”

Meredith Baldwin Weddle

in Walking in the Way of Peace

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131383
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834839 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513138X.003.0013
 “Witnesses to the Life of Innocency”

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Some Rhode Island Quakers issued a “testimony” during the war elucidating the peace testimony and criticizing their brethren in government. The testimony stressed that peace was the fruit of righteousness, and was the way of the Kingdom of God where love and good will toward enemies led to the purity of the soul. The Kingdom of God had no room for weapons whether offensive or defensive, nor for fighting nor killing nor standing watch. The testimony chastised those Quaker magistrates who had once been in the Kingdom of God, but had returned to an unredeemed world by placing faith in the use of weapons and by encouraging war, thereby wounding their own souls. This collective discipline regarding the peace testimony was unusual because previously the testimony had not been a subject of discipline, since each had to transform his own motives in his own time.

Keywords: discipline; Kingdom of God; magistrates; motive; purity; soul; testimony; transform; weapons; wounding

Chapter.  6812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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