Testing of Nuclear Weapons

Testing of Nuclear Weapons

BWA General Council Resolution 1977.5

WHEREAS the Baptist World Congress, held in Tokyo in 1970, called for International “agreements for the limitation of both offensive and defensive strategic weapons” and for “immediate agreements to suspend the further deployment of all offensive and defensive nuclear strategic weapons systems, subject to national verification or such other measures of observation and inspection as may be appropriate,” and

WHEREAS the Baptist World Congress, held at Stockholm in 1975, expressed encouragement in noting the conferences on arms limitations, and called “upon governments to abandon the evil acceleration of the fantastically costly armaments race,” and

WHEREAS the Congress in 1970 also expressed its concern for world ecology,

BE IT RESOLVED

(1) That the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance express its support for the prompt negotiation and ratification of a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty, for at least an experimental period of four years; or, if such a comprehensive treaty is not agreed upon quickly, we support a moratorium on nuclear weapons testing for at least four years, during which time more efforts can be made at working out a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty;

(2) That, pending the completion of such a treaty, we urge all nations, possessing nuclear capability, to restrain voluntarily from nuclear weapons testing, so long as others exercise the same restraint.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance 1977 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1977.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1977 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Washington, DC: Baptist World Alliance, 1977), p. 46.

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Toxic Waste

BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6

God created earth— air, land and sea. Because we are stewards of Planet Earth, we Christians, along with all people of good will, are disturbed by the pollution of land, air and sea. It is profoundly distressing that nations are reported to be dumping nuclear waste onto the soil of developing nations.

Therefore, this General Council, meeting in the Bahamas, July 1988, must:

Alert its member bodies to the need to be increasingly sensitive to the dangers that toxic wastes, both nuclear and industrial, pose for all humanity and for generations to come, and

Call upon Christians, and all persons of good will, to pressure governments and industries to ensure that they neither deposit nor export death-dealing wastes to any place, most especially to developing

countries in no position to handle these toxic materials.

In light of the present situation and the damage occurring, we encourage research on an international and cooperative basis to reduce the risks of disposing of these materials.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1988 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1988), p. 73.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6 Toxic Waste; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1988.6).

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1995 Baptist World Congress: Celebrate Christ, the Hope of the World

BWA General Council Resolution 1994.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance meeting in Uppsala, Sweden from 18-24 July 1994:

ENDORSES preparations being made for the 17th Baptist World Congress to be held 1-6 August 1995 in Buenos Aires, Argentina;

RECOGNIZES the importance of sharing with Baptists and other Christians the theme of the Congress, “Celebrate Christ, the Hope of the World”;

REJOICES in the fact that Latin America has experienced the greatest growth among the world’s Baptists since 1932;

AFFIRMS the continuing priority of evangelism in the countries of Latin America;

URGES Baptists during the Congress to speak with a prophetic voice on issues of particular concern to Latin America including issues of justice, ecology, racism and world peace;

DECLARES that Jesus Christ is the basis for solutions to these and other issues confronting nations and individuals;

INVITES Baptists of the world to pray for one another and attend the Congress, to share their concerns and to gain a clearer vision of the needs of the world.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1994 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1994), pp. 118-119.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1994.6 1995 Baptist World Congress: Celebrate Christ, the Hope of the World; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1994.6).

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Ecology

BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7

Recognizing the grave world shortages of oil and many other sources of energy,

We urge on all governments and all members of our churches the need for careful and responsible husbanding of such resources, having in mind the effects of these shortages on the economies, especially of developing countries, and the requirements of succeeding generations.

We urge upon our governments and industries the need to locate and clean up abandoned sites where hazardous waste has been dumped, and we support legislation which will discourage future disposal of waste in a manner dangerous to human beings and living things.

We encourage experimentation and use of alternative natural sources of energy such as wind, sun, and water.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E. and Burke, Ruby J., editors. Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant and Ruby J. Burke, eds., Celebrating Christ’s Presence Through the Spirit: Official Report of the Fourteenth Congress, Toronto, Canada, July 8-13, 1980 (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1981), p. 245.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7 Ecology; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1980.7).

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Man’s Stewardship and Survival on This Earth

BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.3

We, the representatives of the Baptist World Alliance assembled in Tokyo in July, 1970, acknowledge that . . .

In this world we are called to be fellow workers with God in fulfilling his creative intention. The possibilities which he has placed in his creation wait upon us for their fulfillment. They provide an area in which we may exercise our God-given creative freedom and be truly God’s sons.

We acknowledge the sinfulness of our torn humanity. We have too often prostituted scientific knowledge to our own ends and used our technology to exploit the natural order for private and public greed.

We urge all men of good will to mend the ravages which we have inflicted and we are inflicting on our natural resources—air, water, plant life, and animal life. We would encourage all efforts, public and private, which are activated by such a concern.

We believe that God wills the blessing of good health for all his children and that all healing gifts come from God. We urge special attention to be given to the allocation of these healing gifts so that the world’s poor and forgotten people shall receive their just share.

We support all efforts which are rooted in the biblical concept of the sanctity of life and the integrity of human personality to limit the population of the earth.

We would, above all, urge our churches to place the gospel of Christ in the center, knowing that ultimately only in and through him and men’s acknowledgement of him, can the greed and selfishness of arrogant sinful man be dealt with effectively.

We would, however, declare our conviction that as Christians we are called upon to play our part not only in redeeming men but also in supporting all efforts to prevent the further destruction of our natural environment and to return nature to that balanced ecology that the Creator intended. We do this always with our eyes upon the ultimate consummation in Christ when God’s full purpose shall stand complete.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Bryant, Cyril E., editor. Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Cyril E. Bryant, ed., Reconciliation Through Christ: Official Report of the Twelfth Congress, Tokyo, Japan, July 12-18, 1970 (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1971), pp. 252-253.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1970.3 Man’s Stewardship and Survival on This Earth; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress 1970.3).