Resolution on International Relations

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.1

“Baptists in every land join with their fellow-Christians in the prayer that peace, both just and abiding, may come soon to the hearts of all mankind. To that end, we hail with hope two recent developments:

First, war has been defined and declared as a crime against society. Second, the founding of United Nations as a medium of interpreting and guaranteeing the right basis for effective expression of the common desire of all right-thinking people to enjoy life, liberty, and happiness.

We realise that it is not enough merely to declare our hope, grateful as we are for the above achievements, but that we must implement our words with constant action through every available channel by which the noble purposes of United Nations may be promptly and practically realised. To that end, we heartily pledge ourselves.

With war having been defined and declared as a crime against society, and with United Nations having been established as a workable means toward the goal of a peaceful, friendly, prosperous world, we rejoice to believe that people of all lands may dwell together in freedom, by the will of God.”

This resolution was moved, seconded, and passed unanimously.


Original Source Bibliography: Lewis, Walter O., editor. Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Walter O. Lewis, ed., Seventh Baptist World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 29-August 3, 1947 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1948), p. 98.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.1 Resolution on International Relations;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA World Congress Resolution 1947.1).

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