John Yoder would have liked this book. He would have liked it because of the conversations made possible by the critical yet constructive essays engaging his work. As this book makes clear, conversation was the heart of Yoder s life and work. We are extremely fortunate to have this book, which exemplifies not only Yoder's thought but also his life. --Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
A thoroughly engaging collection. You ll finish these essays not only wanting to read more Yoder, but more importantly, you ll find yourself caring more passionately about the concerns to which Yoder doggedly committed his life: standing in faithful continuity with the church catholic and fostering an honest and robust ecumenism. A wonderful example of first-rate scholarship and theological reflection in service of the church. --Philip D. Kenneson, Milligan College, author of Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community
During his lifetime, John Howard Yoder engaged the heirs of the Stone-Campbell Movement in the context of Believers Church Conferences and many other occasions. It is fitting, therefore, that Yoder s important study of the ecumenical movement and the faithful church is being republished alongside a set of probing essays by theologians and biblical scholars from several Restorationist churches. These essays extend the conversation about radical approaches to ecumenism. In the process, they also demonstrate the theological vitality of the Restorationist vision of Christian renewal. The authors raise important questions about the possibilities and limitations of Yoder s theological legacy. I highly recommend this book to those seeking to understand Yoder s contributions to ecclesiology, as well as the ecumenical challenges of the 21st century. --Michael G. Cartwright, dean for Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs, University of Indianapolis
About the Author
John C. Nugent is a Long Island native and Professor of Old Testament at his alma mater, Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Michigan. His Ph.D. is from Calvin Theological Seminary where he wrote a dissertation on John Howard Yoder s appropriation of the Old Testament for ecclesiology. He holds additional graduate degrees from Duke Divinity School (Th.M.) and Emmanuel School of Religion (M.Div.). John has published articles in books, academic journals, and popular level magazines in a wide variety of areas including Bible, theology, Christian ethics, church planting, Yoder studies, and Stone-Campbellite history. John, his wife Beth, and their three girls are committed members of Delta Community Christian Church in Lansing, MI.