Lesson 3 – PowerPoint

The work of
Christian Peacemaking
Lesson 3: Should Christians fight
in wars?
Who am I?
Can you identify any of the following
people from their pictures?
Who am I?
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Who am I?
Pope Benedict XV
Who am I?
Fr George Zabelka
Who am I?
Bert Brocklesby
Who am I?
St Martin of Tours
Who am I?
The Unknown Soldier
What links these people?
All of them can help us
answer this question…
Should Christians fight in
Pope Benedict XV was Pope during
the First World War.
St Martin of Tours was a soldier
who became a Christian.
The Unknown Soldier:
a soldier of the First World War
Bert Brocklesby: a Christian
who refused to fight in the First
World War
St Thomas Aquinas: a priest and
theologian who developed the Just
War theory
Fr George Zabelka:
the priest who blessed the
atomic bomb
Thinking about:
the stories of these six men,
the teachings of Jesus,
and the example of other
Christians you know of,
Do you think Christians should
ever fight in wars?
Christian work for peace today
During the two world wars when conscription
was a reality and young men were compelled to
join the military, Christian resistance to war was
realised by conscientious objection, taking on
non-combatant roles, and campaigning for peace.
How might Christians in the UK today
continue to resist war?
Lesson 3: Should Christians fight
in wars?
Images of St Thomas Aquinas, Bert Brocklesby, and Pope Benedicat XV are in the
public domain.
Image of Fr Zabelka is from the film Zabelka: The Reluctant Prophet
Images of St Martin of Tours and the Unknown Warrior are used with permission
under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version
All other images and materials are by Pax Christi UK

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