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They Will Inherit the Earth

Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.

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Advance Praise for “They Will Inherit the Earth”

“If you want to know what Laudato Si! and the Sermon on the Mount look like up close and personal, as a life of consistent nonviolence, John Dear is your guide and They Will Inherit the Earth your text. I strongly recommend it.”
—Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
“This is a remarkable testimony summing up a remarkable life: nonviolence is our greatest tool, and here you see it wielded with kindness, firmness, and skill.”
 –Bill McKibben, author of “EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet,” and founder of
“With his message and his lived example, John Dear demonstrates how we can maintain our humanity as we grapple with the greatest crisis facing our civilization.”  
 — Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, co-founder of

“John Dear is an extraordinarily lucid writer on peace and nonviolence. If we are to save this world from destruction, we need to wake up and start building peace and nonviolence.”
–Arun Gandhi, author, activist, and lecturer on Gandhian nonviolence

“In these heartfelt essays, John Dear navigates our most challenging environmental issues with simple decency, purposeful compassion, and an unswerving commitment to justice.”
–Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
“Calling us to practice ‘eschatological nonviolence’ in our relationships with a threatened planet They Will Inherit the Earthcreates a new frame for the ecological challenges of the 21st century and makes a significant contribution to a deeper understanding of Gospel nonviolence. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis insists that the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us. John Dear helps us think about that challenge in a new way. This is an important book to read and ponder, but even more, to live.”
–Marie Dennis, co-President, Pax Christi International