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The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles,
The leaf shown at the bottom of page 27 was found in the gutter of the book.
M. “I can receive no such mark; I have already the mark of Christ.”
D. “I will send thee quickly to thy Christ.”
M. “Thou mayest do so, but the glory will be mine.”
D. “Take thy arms and receive the mark, or thou shall suffer a miserable death.”
M. “But I shall not perish; my name is already enrolled in Christ.”
D. “Consider, then, thy youth, and bear arms. The profession of arms becomes a young man.”
M. “My arms are with the Lord, I cannot fight for any earthly consideration. I am now a Christian.”
D. “Take thy arms, despise not the profession of a soldier, lest thou perish miserably.”
M. “I shall not perish; if I should leave the world, my soul will live with Christ the Lord.”
D. “Maximilian! because thou has with a rebellious spirit, refused to bear arms, thou art to die by the sword.”
M. “Thanks be to God.”
Maximilian was executed according to the sentence of Dion, aged twenty years, three months and seventeen days. He was not afraid to die; but he was afraid to be an instrument of killing others. He was not afraid to suffer, but he was afraid to sin.
Proofs that the early Christians denied the lawfulness of War, and would not fight.
The following extracts are taken from the writing of Mr. Thomas Clarkson, one of the most distinguished philanthropists of the present age.
“Every Christian writer of the second century, who notices the subject, makes it unlawful for Christians to bear arms.”
Just, the Martyr, considers War as unlawful. He makes the devil ‘the author of all wars.’ “
“Tatian speaks precisely in the same terms on the same subject.”
The opinion of Clemens of Alexandria, was “decisive against war.”
Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, compiler and transcriber, “The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles by Philo Pacificus, 1816, pages 26-27,” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures
( https://cooladventures.com/collection/peace-catechism-philo-pacificus-1816-p-26-27/ : published 2021); Philo Pacificus (Noah Worcester), The Peace Catechism on Christian Principles (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1816), p. 26-27; previously owned by Lydia Ann Chadwick (1807-1875); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.