A commentor in a post below challenged what he felt was a “revision of history” concerning the nonviolence of the early church in the pre-Constantinian period. In case he or anyone else is interested, Thom Stark posted a fantastic series a while back surveying the early church and their teachings on violence.
Update: Thom stopped by in the comments and offered two more helpful links:
1) The index of all the posts in his early Christian nonviolence series: http://thomstark.jesuspolitics.net/?p=282
2) A great additional resource – Thom’s series on the “proof-texts” often used by Christian violentists: http://thomstark.jesuspolitics.net/?p=427