An Investigation into Peace from Mennonite's Point of View Based on Shiite's Thought

* Sedigheh Rahimi Sabet / PhD Student, Imamiayh Theology, the Qur'an and Hadith University
Ahmad Karimi / Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, the Qur'an and Hadith University
Received: 2020/08/16 - Accepted: 2020/12/17

The issue of war and peace is very important in any religion because choosing each of them as the main approach creates different results. Mennonite is a branch of the Protestant Christianity. The followers of this denomination are religious people who believe in Christ and his teachings and have a special belief in the field of peace. In this regard, they refer to certain sources and attribute certain characteristics to peace. Since their approach is not accepted in Shiite principles, it needs to be examined. Using the library-based method, the present paper first explains and then examines the Mennonite view of peace. Based on the research findings, the Mennonites, referring to the teachings of Jesus, believe in absolute peace and non-resistance and do not allow war even in order to defend the rights of the oppressed; whereas the Shiites consider this kind of peace to be an act of oppression. While introducing Islam as a religion of mercy, they consider resistance and defensive war against the aggressors necessary and accept a kind of peace that does suppress or weaken the oppressed of the world.
Keywords: Islam, Shia, Christianity, Mennonite, peace, war.


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