They Will Inherit the Earth

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ONE OF THE 50 BEST SPIRITUAL BOOKS OF 2018—Spirituality and Practice

“This is a remarkable testimony summing up a remarkable life: nonviolence is our greatest tool, and here you see it wielded with kindness, firmness, and skill."--Bill McKibben

In the Beatitudes, Jesus says of the meek, “they will inherit the earth.” Meekness, John Dear argues, is the biblical word for nonviolence. He makes the connection Jesus makes at the start of his Sermon on the Mount between our practice of nonviolence and our unity with creation: our rejection of nonviolence is inevitably linked to the catastrophic effects of climate change and environmental ruin.       

Drawing on personal stories of his life in the desert of New Mexico, his time as a chaplain at Yosemite, his friendship with indigenous and environmental leaders, his experience at the Standing Rock protests, as well as his work with the Vatican on a new stance on nonviolence, John Dear invites us to return to nonviolence as a way of life and a living solidarity with Mother Earth and her creatures.

John Dear is a priest, activist, and lecturer, who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace. His many books include Thomas Merton, Peacemaker (2015) and Lazarus, Come Forth! (2011), both Orbis. He was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the Nobel Peace Prize. He lives in California.

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They Will Inherit the Earth
Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change
John Dear

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