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Dr. Michael Nagler-Non Violence in Action- Feb 2021

In a world filled with violence, Dr. Micheal Nagler is a professor believing in the possibility of non-violence, as taught in the Holy Gospel of Jesus and as reflected in the teachings of Gandhi. He starts with sharing about the gospel of Christianity being for non-violence and applied it in a short but powerful testimony of non-violence in the form of gentle rebuke and kindness against an act of violence. To know more, tune in to this podcast and be blessed!

In This Episode:
● [01:14] About Christianity for Non-Violence.
● [02:02] On asking his teacher about the essence of St. Francis’ prayer.
● [02:44] Sharing a true story about a woman named Pauline.
● [03:35] The plot twist of Pauline and the young man.
● [04:14] The two beautiful hands.
● [06:24] Pope Francis’ teaching of non-violence.
● [08:02] Non-violence is a power based on love.
● [10:08] The negative drive of Manichean heresy.
● [12:00} His admiration to Pope Francis.

Key Takeaways:
● Christianity rediscovered gospel nonviolence age after age.
● On the one hand, refusal to comply with a threat and on the other hand, absolute willingness to help a human being in need
● But if you want to know what I really am after, I want to see God, I want to see my God’s face.
● There may be peace without war, but there cannot be war without some kind of peace because war opposes the existence of some people.
● The deepest longing of the human heart is for security is for peace and stability.

Michael Nagler is Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where he has taught since 1966, and where he founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he still teaches the upper-division nonviolence course as well as meditation and other courses. Prof. Nagler has spoken and written widely for the campus, religious, public, and special interest groups on the subject of peace and nonviolence for many years, especially since 9/11. He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many other organizations and is President of the board of METTA: Center for Nonviolence Education and of PeaceWorkers, and on numerous other boards, and has recently co-founded Educators For Nonviolence ( He has worked on nonviolent intervention since the 1970s and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce.



—End of show notes —

Ep # and title
Is Christianity Really Preaching About Non-Violence?
Making an Instrument of Peace by Dr. Michael Nagler
Fighting Violence With Non-Violence: The Biblical Way


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“Non-violence is nothing but organized love.” Dr. Micheal Nagler talks about non-violence in general and shares a few quotes of personalities promoting active non-violence in a world where violence is the topmost option. Tune in to this podcast now!

In this episode, Dr. Micheal Nagler shares the importance of non-violence in our modern society today and points out that Christianity has always been for non-violence. In this podcast, he narrates an inspiring true story combating violence with non-violence. Listen now and be blessed!


What would you do to fight violence without getting violent? Dr. Micheal Nagler gives a compelling talk about the need for non-violence as Christians and as human beings. Tune in to this podcast now!


● “Non-violence is a kind of power. It’s a power based on love. And every human being has a capability.” -Dr. Lafayette’s first narration
● “Those two hands are openness to the human being’s refusal to put up with the threat, runs constantly through the history of non-violence.” -Dr. Michael Nagler


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