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1. The practice or principle of complete obedience to authority even if unjust or arbitrary.
2. The practice or principle of refusing to resort to force even in defense against violence.
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Noun1.nonresistance - group refusal to resort to violence even in defense against violence
group action - action taken by a group of people
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Without being a fatalist to the point of nonresistance," said he, "I have always found that the highest wisdom lies in an acquiescence with the actual.
The author shows how Garrison's doctrine of nonresistance to the racist laws was the ultimate form of resistance.
To find consent in the victim's nonresistance is therefore outrageous.
Nowhere was the anabaptist belief in political nonresistance more exemplified than in the famed seventeenth century martyrology, Martyrs Mirror, which was compiled by Mennonite minister Thieleman van Braght.
Mohandas Gandhi chose the path of peace and nonresistance rather than violence and war.
Amid tensions with Latino Mennonites over civil rights issues in the 1960s and 1970s, more "traditional" Mennonite groups have had to confront how race and class issues have shaped their own attitudes toward acceptable and unacceptable forms of nonresistance.
He writes: "The time will come--it is already coming--when the Christian principles of equality and fraternity, community of property, nonresistance of evil by force, will appear just as natural and simple as the principles of family or social life seem to us now" (84; see also 98, 152, 179, 189, 191, 203-10).
During the last few years of his life, at the zenith of his popularity and influence, Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoi rethought the activist strands of his interpretation of Christianity, specifically the practical function of his cornerstone moral-theological concept of nonresistance to evil.
Of interest for Goertz's larger theological purpose is that he places Yoder firmly within the Schleitheim paradigm: a disciplined believers church practicing nonresistance and separation from the world (30-37, 54ff).
In reality it is not, so every militia and every weapon outside the legitimacy of the state is [being kept] under the pretext of resistance or nonresistance, so how can we ask the Army to suppress that violation?
Ours would be one of nonresistance,'' Randolph told the Senate Armed Services Committee all the way back in 1948.
Mohandas Gandhi was influenced by the ideas of Leo Tolstoy about nonresistance that are based on the Sermon on the Mount.