Subtitle: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand
This is a book about how New Zealanders have been inspired by visions for peace. Focusing on diverse Christian communities, it explores some of the ways that peace has influenced their practices, lifestyles and politics from the Second World War to the present—the period in which New Zealand’s peaceable image and reputation as ‘God’s Own Country’ grew and flourished. New Zealand Christians and others have worked for peace in many different ways, from attention-grabbing protests against nuclear weapons, apartheid and war, to quieter but no less important efforts to improve relationships within their churches, communities and the natural environment. Taken together their stories reveal a multifaceted but deeply influential thread of Christian peacemaking within New Zealand culture. These stories are by turns challenging and inspiring, poignant and amusing, and they continue to reverberate today in a world where peace remains elusive for many.
For earlier stories of New Zealand Christian peacemaking, see the companion to this volume: Saints and Stirrers: Christianity, Conflict and Peacemaking in New Zealand, 1814–1945, edited by Geoffrey Troughton.
Contributors: Jamie Allen, George Armstrong, Joseph A. Bulbulia, Manu Caddie, Jono Campbell, John Chote, Dorcas Dennis, Elizabeth Duke, Philip Fountain, Karen Kemp, Judy Kumeroa, Adi Leason, Chris Marshall, Peter Matheson, Tom Noakes-Duncan, Mike Ross, John H. Shaver, Andrew Shepherd, Chris G. Sibley, Geoffrey Troughton, Pamela Welch