Peace Must Be Dared

How does peace come about? Through a system of political treaties? Through the investment of international capital in different countries?  Through the big banks, through money?  Or through universal peaceful rearmament in order to guarantee peace?  Through none of these, for the single reason that in all of them peace is confused with safety.  There is no way to peace along the way of safety.  For peace must be dared.  It is the great venture.  It can never be made safe.  Peace is the opposite of security.  To demand guarantees is to mistrust, and this mistrust in turn brings forth war.  To look for guarantees is to want to protect oneself.  Peace means to give oneself altogether to the law of God, wanting no security, but in faith and obedience laying the destiny of the nations in the hand of Almighty God, not trying to direct it for selfish purposes.  Battles are won, not with weapons, but with God…..


From Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Church and the Peoples of the World

Address to the Fano Conference (August 1934)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, volume 13, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007, pp.308-309