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Peace and Conflict Studies


First, let's explore how the postmodern turn strengthens the peace position of the contemporary Mennonite church. With our society's awareness of pluralism and the growing recognition that there is no such thing as a common "public" realm, Mennonite have learned not to be embarrassingly apologetic by the particularity of their peace perspective, nor to let others accuse us as "apolitical" or "irrelevant." Secondly, postmodernism, more than not, values heterogeneous voices ·and respects countercultures. Believers who embrace their convictions of pacifism are being heard and taken seriously in the academia and larger church.1 Thirdly, theological postmodernism questions the adequacy of doctrine without practice. It is now more common to here emphasis on orthopraxy as well as orthodoxy. This ethical turn, or better put, this 'return' to ethics reinforces the Anabaptist focus on peace and war as key issues in ecumenical conflict.