Adventist Consciencious Objectors – World War 1

wwi-montage1As strong advocates of freedom of conscience and freedom of worship, Adventists have also recognised the problem of living a Christian life within the constraints of the military. As the Duke of Wellington put it many years before, “Men of nice scruples about religion, have no basis in the army or navy.”

Around 130 young Adventist men became conscientious objectors during WWI. Their choice was not an easy option. It led to scorn, humiliation, arrest, beating, and even threat of death for those who chose the non-combatant route.

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