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In this volume of essays John Howard Yoder projects a vision of Christian social ethics rooted in historical community and illuminated by scripture. Drawing upon scriptural accounts of the early church, he demonstrates the Christian community's constant need for reform and change. Yoder first examines the scriptural and theoretical foundations of Christian social ethics. W ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 31st 1985 by University of Notre Dame Press
(first published January 1st 1984)
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It's honestly a bit unfair to all the other books I read in a year to compare them to anything by Yoder - Like Stanley Hauerwas, Jean Vanier, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Yoder has been hugely influential to me and contributed to my development and growth as a Christian and a thinker over the last 5 years. A well handled if a bit wordy examination of Radical Reformation ethics that is objective to a fault; sometimes I wish Yoder would just out and state his opinion, but then he wouldn't be Yoder.
This is a series of essays and lectures Yoder delivered on the Anabaptist perspective on politics. He clearly contrasts Anabaptist thought with the dominant protestant thinkers such as Richard Reinhold Niebuhr, of whom he was a contemporary. He tries to show that Anabaptism was an attempt to re-capture the original Christian ethic that was diluted once Christianity came into power under Constantine in the 4th century. His last essay, a critique of American Civil Religion is brilliant. While at p ...more
It's hard to describe how interesting and brilliant Yoder is. He takes a simple proposition: the gospel is the fact that Jesus has lived, died, and was raised, and is now the Lord of the world - in opposition to every other Lord. Practically, these means non-violence (since God dealt with his enemies through sacrifice and love); it means a prophetic voice against nationalism and "civil religion" (because the nation basically attempts to use God as a claim to destroy, instead of love, its enemies ...more
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".More about John Howard Yoder...