Announcing the Impossible

Christopher Harless

in Faith, Resistance, and the Future

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239825
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239863 | DOI:
Announcing the Impossible

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In this chapter, Harless asks about the feasibility of continuing, year in and year out, to participate in the kind of public actions of resistance that the Berrigan brothers have become well known for through the years. What good does it do? Do not such actions fall on deaf ears, and has not the American empire just grown stronger since the Vietnam War? Harless’ answer to this question lies in seeing civil disobedience not just as a tactic for achieving political goals but as flowing from one’s spiritual calling. Rather, the goal of non-violent direct action has as much to do with the change it brings about in the protestor or resistor as it does with the change it produces in society. Civil disobedience seeks to be a path towards being human, to “being a man,” or “being a woman.”

Keywords: Feasibility; Resistance; American empire; Civil Disobedience; Hope; Changing oneself; Changing the world

Chapter.  4839 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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