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S. Committee for the CPC, it was led by Prof. Charles West, sometime Dean of the Princeton faculty, while its secretariat was located ecumenically in the National Council of Churches. Despite this respected main stream leadership and ecumenical location, the CPC was under suspicion by many American Christians because it was based in Communist-dominated Eastern Europe. S. Commission having to obey American laws and being under the surveillance of the FBI. This suspicion of the CPC was much reduced during the period when Alexander Dubcek was the Communist leader of Czechoslovakia, as he sought to create what he called “socialism with a human face”—a period during which Hromadka’s and Machovec’s Christian-Marxist dialogue was publicly celebrated in Prague, and Prof.

The resort to violence in the struggle makes reconciliation so difficult and sometimes almost impossible. ” The Gandhian model of non-violent struggle against colonialism in India was a way to genuine, though not yet perfect, peace, as the continuing history of India and Pakistan tragically shows. The Martin Luther King praxis of non-violent struggle for racial justice and civil rights in the United States was a similar way to genuine, though also not yet perfect, peace, as the continuing racism in American society reveals.

These relatively small acts of personal witness are meant only to provide an illustration of authentic peace praxis. No grandiose claims about their historical affect in resolving the cold war is intended or possible. The problems at issue were too complex and the interacting factors too many to make any such claims credible. Our personal praxis and even our communal praxis are only small drops in the divine tide moving God’s creation toward the wholeness of peace. The biblical theology this chapter has articulated leads us to affirm that it is finally only the Holy Spirit of our Universal Creator who can use the small contributions of our praxis to bring our world toward the wholeness of universal peace.

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