Roth wrote this short, simple introduction to Christian pacifism "out of a conviction that the gospel of Jesus Christ does indeed speak to the crises of our day with a perspective that is both distinctive and unique." Very much in the tradition of Christian apology, the book isn't likely to convert readers with Nietzschean inclinations, whom it often seems to be arguing against. But those curious about Christian pacifism and the strains of the Christian tradition, particularly the historic peace churches (Mennonites, Brethren, and Quakers), which understand that nonviolence lies at the heart of the gospel, could do worse than to start their learning here. Steven SchroederCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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A new book by a leading writer and thinker. How might Christians look on the world differently if theyactually!believed that Gods love was indeed stronger than our fears? In fresh, confessional language, Roth shares his convictions about Christian pacifism, inviting others to consider this possibility, all the while humbly admitting the difficulties.
What would happen if Christians assumed that their allegiance to God, their identity with Christ, and their commitment to the church would inevitably lead them to respond to the worlds pain differently because of their faith? In the face of violence, are there any options open to the Christian believer other than the "default" impulse toward patriotic unity and a steely determination to exact "an eye for an eye"?
A must-read for anyone concerned about the endless cycles of wars and violence, and the possibility that Gods love is stronger than our societys current answers.