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Karl Barth and the Problem of War, and Other Essays on Barth

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Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Cascade Books
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Denise Kettering
Aug 18, 2012 Denise Kettering rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Howard Yoder was long known for his understanding of peace and pacifism in the biblical narrative. In this work, he examines the work of Karl Barth with great scrutiny as well as great charity, emerging with a view of Barth that is more sympathetic to the cause of peace than previously believed by many. Yoder encourages readers to look beyond the Barmen Declaration and Barth's reaction to World War II and examine the whole of his work and writing. While it is clear that Barth was not a paci ...more
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Jan 05, 2010 Toby rated it liked it
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I don't think this is the same edition I read, and it may have been a slightly different title. But I found it in the library one day, and it was something like this (through I didn't read the entire thing). But what I read was fascinating. Barth was not a pacifist, but he despised how lightly many of Christ's words seemed to be taken by Christians. At the same time, when the Nazi's began their program, he joined up with the Austrian National Guard as an older man, insisting that he be given som ...more
Benjamin Merritt
Dec 24, 2013 Benjamin Merritt rated it really liked it
Critical engagement with Barth's ethics from his famous student (and modern American anabaptist rock star) John Howard Yoder. Basically he thinks that a consistent application of Barthian ethics (deep reverence for life) leads farther into pacifism than Barth himself was ready to go.

Helpful for its unique perspective and extensive interaction with Church Dogmatics, but in the end I prefer Moltmann's treatment of this subject in On Human Dignity.
Devan
Jul 07, 2009 Devan rated it really liked it
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I know that this is a good book...but it's way above my head.
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Yoder was a Christian theologian, ethicist, and Biblical scholar best known for his radical Christian pacifism, his mentoring of future theologians such as Stanley Hauerwas, his loyalty to his Mennonite faith, and his 1972 magnum opus, "The Politics of Jesus".
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