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Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"Yoder's Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution is not only essential for understanding Yoder's position, it is an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with the ethics of war and peace. Thank God it is finally in print."--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
"Many of us are so uprooted, so mobile, so dissatisfied with the church where we might belong, that we sense ourselves not knowing what tradition we belong in. John Howard Yoder includes our diverse traditions with fairness. He was a theological ethicist trained in the history of church traditions, at Goshen, Basel, Notre Dame, and world ecumenical dialogues, using five different languages. Here he traces diverse dimensions of church tradition. I can find myself here, in a tradition of church renewal through discipleship, not dualistic but engaged--faithful and effective--with Christ as Lord. I pray that you can too. We are too confused now and want to know where we belong; John gives us belonging with a tradition among diverse traditions."--Glen Stassen, Fuller Seminary
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n these days, when governments promise us endless war, the people of God need serious reflection on the ethics of war and our responsibility to follow faithfully in the way of Christ Jesus. Into this crucial era, Brazos Press has just offered up an essential text on the Christian ethics of war from the late Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder, Christian Attitudes to War, Peace and Revolution. This book was compiled from lectures in a seminary course of the same name, which Yoder taught year after year over the course of three decades from 1966 to his death in 1997. Christian Attitudes spans the history of the Christian tradition from its earliest years to the present, exploring the various perspectives that churches have taken on military cooperation, with special attention to those positions characterized by their opposition to Christian participation in the military. It is a tribute to the excellent editorial work of Ted Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker, who assembled and refined this work from Yoder's lectures, that a work of this scope, stature and rigor can read so clearly and be packed into a little over 400 pages - (not including study guides and other end material). Yoder's work here should be understood as a dialogue with Roland Baintain's heralded work of a similar name, Christian Attitudes toward War and Peace, which served as a textbook for the course on which this new book is based. From the outset, Yoder emphasizes that this text is a work of historical theology, the intent of which is to understand the variety of Christian attitudes toward war and peace in their contexts, as sympathetically and objectively as possible.Read more ›
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Required for a recent college class, but not an easy to follow work. An expected book style of Yoder.Published 5 months ago by JD