Resolution on Nuclear Testing

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.2

We believe:

1. That God has created man in His own image and intended for him a life of peace, mutual respect, and interdependence;

2. That the Holy Spirit moves all Christians in these days of international tension and unrest to exercise every possible influence for the furtherance of the cause of peace and good will among men, remembering the spiritual command to “seek peace, and ensue it”;

3. That nuclear testing and the stockpiling of nuclear weapons tends to foment international mistrust, suspicion, and fear, and seriously to threaten the life of man, physically and spiritually.


We urge the nations to dispense with all testing of nuclear weapons and the production of the same; and co-operatively, to agree on satisfactory methods of inspection designed to ensure that all nations shall exercise good faith in this matter. And we urge the Baptists of the world earnestly to seek to become well informed in this field of critical concern and that they engage in unceasing prayer for that increase in the spirit of understanding and mutual trust through which peace shall become possible for all mankind.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1961.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Tenth Baptist World Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 26-July 3, 1960 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1966), pp. 300-301.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.2 Resolution on Nuclear Testing;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1960.2).

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