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Nonviolence - A Brief History
The Warsaw Lectures

By John Howard Yoder Edited by Paul Martens, Matthew Porter and Myles Werntz

Nonviolence - A Brief History
Hardback, 124 pages $29.95
Published: 1st March 2010
ISBN: 9781602582569
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Ethics , All Religious Studies, All Theology

Few theologians have done as much as John Howard Yoder to articulate the case for Christian pacifism. The eleven lectures collected in Nonviolence—A Brief History were presented in 1983 in Warsaw, Poland, and this is their first publication together.

Despite their apparent diversity, the lectures trace a single trajectory: the increasing relevance of nonviolent thought and action. They argue that nonviolence aligns with the inner logic of the world and, therefore, with human social existence. A quarter century after they were delivered, Yoder’s remarks seem prophetic, heartfelt, and essential.

For those unfamiliar with the life and thought of John Howard Yoder, these lectures, together with their accompanying brief contextualizing summaries, provide an easily accessible introduction.

Note on the Text
1. The Heritage of Nonviolent Thought and Social Action
2. The American Civil Rights Struggle
3. The Lessons of the Nonviolent Experience
4. The Fall and Rise of the Just War Tradition
5. The Science of Conflict
6. From the War of Joshua to Jewish Pacifism
7. Jesus and Nonviolent Liberation
8. Early Christian Cosmology and Nonviolence
9. Varieties of Catholic Peace Theology I: Nonviolent Spirituality
10. Varieties of Catholic Peace Theology II: Professors and Pastors
11. Varieties of Catholic Peace Theology III: Latin American Models

"As a collection these lectures represent a part of Yoder’s emerging hope in the natural logic of nonviolence and its potential for effective social change."

—Carter Aikin, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

"For anyone who wants a cogent defence of non-violence from within the Christian tradition this is as fine a place to start as anywhere."

Tim Gorringe, Exeter, The Journal of Theological Studies (October 2010, 61:2)

"Nonviolence offers a very good introduction for scholars, pastors, and church laity interested in the important challenge of Yoder’s call to Christian nonviolence. Nonviolence shines brightest with Yoder’s customarily masterful and passionate grasp of scriptural, theological, and religio-historical materials and argument,and somewhat less with his inchoate attempt to articulate alliances among theology and the sciences."

—James Logan, Theology Today

“These are priceless lectures. Drawing from the spiritual wells of contemporary visionaries, Yoder unmasks the redemptive power of reconciliation.”

—Daniel G. Groody, Department of Theology, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

“These lectures wonderfully convey Yoder’s depth and breadth of knowledge and his respectful engagement with the Roman Catholic tradition.”

—Mark Thiessen Nation, author of John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions

"These recently discovered lectures represent a significant addition to our understanding of Yoder’s published thought on war and nonviolence."

—Ronald J. Sider, Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy, Palmer Seminary at Eastern University

"[T]his book is a welcome addition to Yoder's published corpus of work."

—Paul Doerksen, Canadian Mennonite University, The Mennonite Quarterly Review

"The collection is eminently readable and offers glimpses and insights into Yoder's thought without being too difficult. ... [A] text highly recommended to those interested in the contemporary discussion surrounding questions of Christians and violence, the role of nonviolence and Christianity, and just war theory."

Reviews in Religion and Theology (2012, 19:1)

John Howard Yoder (1926-1997) was a Mennonite theologian, whose writings had a major impact on Christian thought and social ethics. He was Professor of Theology in the Department of Theology and a Teaching Fellow in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, both at the University of Notre Dame. He is best known for The Politics of Jesus (1972), as well as The Original Revolution: Essays on Christian Pacifism (1971) The Priestly Kingdom (1984) and The Royal Priesthood (1994), among others.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 124 pages
 9in x 6in

  REL043000, REL067070
 Baylor University Press

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