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  • Adventist Resource
    Clear Thinking About Military Service Grade 9-Lifelong
    General Conference President Paulsen outlines the Seventh-day Adventist perspective on military service. He addresses several questions: Is there today any confusion about the church's position? Have we done a good job of articulating these principles? Do...

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    Adventists and the Military Grade 9-Lifelong
    Resources on this page may be helpful for individuals currently serving or considering enlistment in the United States armed forces and for those concerned about conscientious objection and religious liberty in the military. We would recommend...

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    Barry C Black - Dialogue with an Adventist chaplain in the US Navy Tertiary
    Barry Black answers questions for young Adventists, including: "What events put you on the path toward military chaplaincy? What did you experience as a military chaplain that you couldn’t have experienced as a parish pastor? We don’t generally...

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    Between Pacifism and Patriotism - Helping Students Think About Military Options Grade 12-Tertiary
    An overview of the Adventist position on noncombatancy and conscientious objection to the draft, and the history of this stand for the purpose of helping young Adventist students today make informed choices regarding military service.

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    Beyond Defeat - The 'Johnny' Johnson Story Kindergarten-Lifelong
    The inspirational story of "Johnny" Johnson. Though he wore the uniform and defended his country abroad, at home Johnny faced the humiliation of segregation and bore the pain of Jim Crowism. Yet, while others cursed, Johnny prayed. And when others...

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    Conscientiously Opposed to Bearing Arms - Seventh-day Adventists and the Faith of Jesus Grade 9-Lifelong
    This article outlines the history of the Adventist position on bearing arms, military service and national conflicts or wars. The author concludes: "While respecting individual conscience on matters of carrying arms, the Seventh-day Adventist Church must...

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    Desmond Doss Conscientious Objector Grade 9-Lifelong
    "Infantry men who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond's simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon owed their lives to him. In the midst of a fierce firefight on Okinawa that felled approximately 75 men from the 1st Battalion, Private Doss refused to...

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    Dialogue Editorial: Adventists and Military Service Grade 11-Lifelong
    "In the ongoing discussion about the ethical issues of killing, war, and military service, perhaps the counsel of the apostle Paul, given in another context, may be helpful: 'each should be fully convinced in their own mind.' Let each one prayerfully...

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    Ethical Challenges of Military Service Tertiary-Lifelong
    "While national contexts vary, and individual situations are unique, decisions about military service should be carefully examined from a biblical perspective."

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    For His Honor Grade 9-Grade 12
    A compelling true story of Terry Johnson, a young man who God singled out to become the first handicapped person to serve in the President's Honor Guard. His story is one of perseverance and Christian witness.

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    Living in a World of War and Violence - What Should a Christian Do? Tertiary-Lifelong
    Jesus’ principles regarding war and violence are applicable even today. In most countries, a Christian is under pressures of governments to bear arms. Yet there are several ways in which you can live according to Jesus’ example. Your actual course...

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    Military Service and the New Testament - Should Adventists Serve in the Military? Tertiary-Lifelong
    The author argues "that the New Testament calls the Christians to prioritize their identity as citizens of the kingdom of God over their allegiance to the kingdoms of this world. The Christian is never called to lay down his or her life for the state,...

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    National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth Grade 9-Lifelong
    "Join the growing national network of groups working to stop the militarization of schools and young people...Now, more than ever, those of us who are proactive in opposing war must help shape the tone of anti-war and peace conversations..."

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    Peacemaking - Exploring Adventism's roots and heritage Tertiary-Lifelong
    The nonviolent ethic that inspired these young Adventists in the 21st century to face prison rather than give up their faith has deep historical roots in the Adventist movement that emerged in the 19th century. In exploring these roots, we find a heritage,...

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    Teaching Points for Students re Noncombatancy Grade 7-Lifelong
    For students considering volunteering for the army, air force, navy, or marines, the author of this side bar feature discusses two questions: 1. Would you rather give orders or take orders? 2. Would you rather have a starting salary of $1,500 per...

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    The Church and Military Service Tertiary-Lifelong
    In this article from the JAE special higher education issue, the question of the Christian's relationship to war and violence is discussed. The traditional position has been noncombatancy and a high respect for human life. The October 1972 Annual Council action...

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    The Great Disappearance - Adventism and Noncombatancy Grade 9-Lifelong
    Knight recommends that Adventists 'educate and agitate' to counter the loss of an important part of Seventh-day Adventist Christian identity as a generation voluntarily enlists in the US army as combatants, unaware of the "deeper issues of what it means...