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Glen H. Stassen is Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664252982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664252984
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2009
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I originally encountered this book while writing a paper for a Seminary class. It served as my first contact with Glen Stassen's work, and it changed my views on peacemaking forever. This book will lead you to positive actions for peacemaking, a wonderful alternative to the more passive approaches to peace that are often proposed in our world. Every library should have a copy, along with other offerings by Glen Stassen. Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Cromwell on June 27, 2002
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This should be on the coffee table, magazine rack, bookshelf, and waiting room of every serious national leader. Conscientious voters should also read this in order to understand what it takes to make political peace in the world. But Stassen is not merely political, he's actually biblical first of all. He exegetes like a biblical scholar while making applications which only a leading Christian ethicist like he could. Just peacemaking shows that "just war theory" can lead to peace while restraining war, and that passifism is an extremely ACTIVE practice. EXCELLENT!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
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Stasson does an incredible job in his ability to interpret and apply the teaching of Jesus to every day life. While often the sermon on the mount is ignored in Christian teaching and literature because so many people find it hard to understand or live up to, Stasson shows how Jesus teachings don't trap people, but rather set them free to break away from the patterns of sin and pain.
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This book defends the idea of third way initiatives - that is, the middle way between just war and pacifism. There are alternatives to going to war that do not include just sitting there and letting our enemies walk all over us.

The primary problem, however, is that I cannot make the ideas in this book (or all third-way initiative books) fit with reality, especially the modern reality of Holy War and Jihad.

One of the first points in peacemaking initiatives involves all the parties to sit down and talk with each other about mutually agreeable goals, which according to Stassen is "Affirm common security." But Jihadists don't want security on this earth. They want security in the afterlife, which they gain by killing people on this earth. How does on reason with that mind set?

And if there is no affirmation of common security, then peacemaking initiatives are dead before they start.

I want to believe that third-way peacemaking initiatives are the way Jesus wants us to go, but I just don't see how they can work in our modern situations.
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