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(american) Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Andre Trocme of Le Chambon is famous for his role in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II. But his bold deeds did not spring from a void. They were rooted in his understanding of Jesus' way of nonviolence - an understanding that gave him the remarkable insights contained in this long out-of-print classic.

In this book, you'll encounter a Jesus you may
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 5th 2017 by Plough Publishing House (first published 1973)
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Adam Ross
Trocme, a Christian who lived through WWII, writes with conviction and clarity. While he does get occasional details about the OT wrong (believing, for instance, that Elisha was a bloodthirsty man who called up bears to eat children for making fun of his baldness - a longstanding misreading of the text) there remains a great much to like about the book. He understands the unity of law and grace, that Jesus did not attack the OT law but the corruptions of it by the scribes and Pharisees, and argu ...more
Andre Trocme was not a trained theologian. He was a church pastor from France, one who shepherded his people (and the Jews in their midst) with amazing courage and love during the terror of World War II. During the war, Trocme and his congregation stood up defiantly to the Nazis and their sympathizers, refusing to collaborate with their government and sheltering Jews and other targets of violence in their own homes. He was imprisoned for his nonviolent resistance and eventually had to go into hi ...more
This is the book that first woke me from my dogmatic slumbers several years ago. Andre Trocme was a French Reformed pastor, during World War II, who actually lived the cross and didn't just talk about it. Here he walks through the gospels and shows their radical public meaning in the first century and now. It's about far more than violence. I never recovered from his treatment of Luke 4. The Calvinist Trocme was instrumental in encouraging folks like John Howard Yoder to think of Christ in publi ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Caroline Moorehead's, The Village of secrets, I searched for this book by Andre Trocme, whose pastoral leadership, and courage was such an inspiration to his parishioners and others in the area, during the Nazi occupation. I was "blown away" by this account. The impact that he, his wife and those who shared his determination to put into practice the teachings of Jesus in regard to 'welcoming the stranger', protecting the marginalised, non-retaliation, etc., during those horrendous ...more
Amos Smith
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andre Trocme writes with brilliant clarity, not as a removed intellectual, but as someone who risked everything during World War II for the nonviolent ideals he held so dear. His work has influenced reams of New Testament thinkers and peace activists. Even John Howard Yoder's classic, Politics of Jesus, was based on Trocme's ideas.

Throughout Trocme's life he refused to cooperate with violence. He wrote, "Loving, forgiving, and doing good to our adversaries is our duty."

From 1948 to 1960 Trocme s
Julius McCarter
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published nearly a half-century ago, Andre Trocme's Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution is one of the most important theological texts on violence that has ever been written. In Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, Trocme asks what kind of political ethic we find in Jesus, taking seriously the Old Testament and the first century culture. Predating Yoder's Politics of Jesus -- and one of the most important texts to influence Barth and later Yoder -- this edition brings together the ori ...more
Marti Martinson
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply an amazing treatise on the subject. Replete with biblical allusions, the work is still very engaging and understandable. Written about the same time as Camara's Spiral of Violence, I don't know if this can be counted as Liberation Theology proper, but it must come close:

The church must never give allegiance to the state, even if the state protects it, but must constantly call the state to a more perfect justice.

Trocme's view of Jesus as a Jubilee Prophet and not an Apocalyptic Prophet sta
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book written by a French pastor who was responsible for protecting a large number of Jews during WWII. That story does not figure in the book per se but explains something of the character of the author and lends credibility to his non-violent, peacemaking posture as a follower of Jesus. This book was originally published in English in 1972 and has since been republished in a revised edition. Trocme's work has been deeply influential on the work of other advocates of Christia ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd wanted to read this book for a few years and was excited to get my hands on it. It was a great read, with many good points on Jesus' ministry in its first century context. It is a highly influential book to authors like Walter Wink, Ched Myers, John Howard Yoder, etc. Read it.
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