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John Howard Yoder was one of the most important thinkers on just war and pacifism in the late twentieth century. This collection of Yoder's lectures and writings on these issues describes, analyzes, and evaluates various patterns of thought and practice in Western Christian history. The volume, now made widely available for the first time, makes Yoder's stimulating insights more accessible to a broader audience and substantially contributes to ongoing discussions concerning the history, theology, and ethics of war and peace. Theologians and ethicists, students of Yoder's thought, and all readers seeking a better understanding of war and Christian pacifism will value this work.

"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

About the Author

John Howard Yoder taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and was later professor of theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is known especially for his influential book The Politics of Jesus. Theodore J. Koontz (Ph.D., Harvard University) is professor of ethics and peace studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. Andy Alexis Baker is a graduate of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He is currently an adjunct professor of peace, justice, and conflict studies at Goshen College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press; unknown edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[ This review originally appeared in
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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.
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I own most of Yoder's books and I'm constantly loaning them to friends who want to learn more about Christian pacifism. This book is so easily accessible and covers such a wide range of topics it will probably become the most circulated Yoder book I own from now on. This book easily could have been titled The Essential John Howard Yoder. Speaking of the title, it is reminiscent of Roland H. Bainton's Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, and Revolution, a foundational book in this area but long out of date. Evidently the intent of the title is to present Yoder as the new foundation of Christian peace studies, a posthumous honor he well deserves. The editors did an excellent job of researching and footnoting Yoder's lecture material that appears in the book. Also, there's a study guide in the back of the book that will lend itself well to study groups and seminars. Highly recommended.
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This was a required reading book for a class I took called, Integrative & Interdisciplinary Capstone, a course about pacifism and warfare. The book is a transcription from the works of Yoder. With that being said, you get the Yoder version of pacifism. The book covers a lot of ground on Yoder's interpretation of pacifism from Constantine through the modern day thinking of the Just War Theory. I gave it four stars due to the one sided view of pacifism.
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