Our Violent World And The Ethics Of Jesus

Author by : John Dudley Willis
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Description : This book is driven by forty years of study on 1700 years of Christian violence. The historical section, Part 1, opens with, "Christianity is the most homicidal religion in the history of the world...Half a Billion men, women, children, infants, elderly, sick, and disabled slain." You read how Christians were and are taught to obey their governments more than Jesus Christ, whether killing as soldiers, torturing for governments, or harming innocent citizens as police. You read the words of Christian European Kings, Queens, and Popes to their Christian explorers sent into world, "Discover, subdue, and conquer."


If Jesus Is Lord

Author by : Ronald J. Sider
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Publisher by : Baker Academic
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Description : What does Jesus have to say about violence, just war, and killing? Does Jesus ever want his disciples to kill in order to resist evil and promote peace and justice? This book by noted theologian and bestselling author Ronald J. Sider provides a career capstone statement on biblical peacemaking. Sider makes a strong case for the view that Jesus calls his disciples to love, and never kill, their enemies. He explains that there are never only two options: to kill or to do nothing in the face of tyranny and brutality. There is always a third possibility: vigorous, nonviolent resistance. If we believe that Jesus is Lord, then we disobey him when we set aside what he taught about killing and ignore his command to love our enemies. This thorough, comprehensive treatment of a topic of perennial concern vigorously engages with the just war tradition and issues a challenge to all Christians, especially evangelicals, to engage in biblical peacemaking. The book includes a foreword by Stanley Hauerwas.


Our Violent World

Author by : Kevin McDonald
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Publisher by : Macmillan International Higher Education
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Description : What can the analysis of violence and terror tell us about the modern world? Why is violence often used to achieve religious, cultural or political goals? Can we understand the search for the extreme that increasingly shapes violence today? From 1960s student movements to today's global jihad, this text explores the factors and debates shaping violence and terrorism in our contemporary society. Each chapter confronts examples of disturbing terrorist acts and events of mass violence from recent history and uses these to examine key questions, theories and concepts surrounding this sensitive and controversial topic. In particular, the book: - identifies core tools for the analysis of public violence - explores the processes that mutate social movements into violent groups - describes the cultural, embodied, experiential and imagined dimensions of violence - highlights different periods and varying forms of terrorist violence - examines the role of globalization, media, technology and the visual in violence and terror today. Our Violent World shows how the social sciences can contribute to an understanding of violence and responses to terror, as well as the construction of a social world less dominated by fear of the other. It is a must-read for students and citizens.


The Peaceable Kingdom

Author by : Stanley Hauerwas
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Publisher by : University of Notre Dame Pess
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Description : Stanley Hauerwas presents an overall introduction to the themes and method that have distinguished his vision of Christian ethics. Emphasizing the significance of Jesus’ life and teaching in shaping moral life, The Peaceable Kingdom stresses the narrative character of moral rationality and the necessity of a historic community and tradition for morality. Hauerwas systematically develops the importance of character and virtue as elements of decision making and spirituality and stresses nonviolence as critical for shaping our understanding of Christian ethics.


Recovering Communion In A Violent World

Author by : Christopher Grundy
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Description : The act of breaking and eating a body in Holy Communion forms us over time. What if that’s not such a good thing? Recovering Communion in a Violent World provides an unblinking examination of the ritualized reenactment of the violence done to Jesus in Holy Communion, using insights from the fields of ritual studies and trauma theory. Then, drawing upon recent research in Christian origins, the book raises possibilities for sacramental meal practices that don’t ignore the death of Jesus but respond to it differently. Rather than colluding with systems of violence, these alternative practices respond to violence in our world by continuing to collaborate with the persistence and resilience of God, as well as with the realm of God still coming near. The result is a groundbreaking exploration that is both unflinching in its critique and passionate in its argument for the place of renewed Christian meal practices. In an era when world religions have come under greater scrutiny as sources of violence, this book asks readers to look squarely at the reenactment of violence that has come to narrowly define Holy Communion for so long and to imagine that more radical, resistant sacramental meal practices are possible.


God Without Violence

Author by : J. Denny Weaver
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Description : Playing off a five-year-old boy's question concerning whether parents would put their son to death on a cross, this book plunges headlong into the ongoing debate about the character of God. Following the historic faith confession that God is revealed in Jesus, the book's first chapter sketches the life and teaching of Jesus. That life, which reveals Jesus' rejection of violence, calls for an understanding of God in nonviolent terms. Weaver thus invites us to embrace a nonviolent atonement image, which stands as a direct challenge to the inherited atonement images. Deriving theology from the narrative of Jesus also leads Weaver into discussions about the very nature of theology, the character of the Bible, the divine violence in the Old Testament (as well as the purported divine violence in the book of Revelation), and a rethinking of historic Christology. Each of these discussions has implications for life today--implications for economics, forgiveness, violence, gender discrimination, racism, and more. The book is thus an introduction to foundational issues of theology and ethics, suitable for church discussion groups and introductory college classrooms. ""Inviting us to 'live the story of Jesus' and to 'join the conversation' the Bible poses about the character and identity of God, Denny winsomely guides us in reading the Bible as revealing a nonviolent and loving God. This is a wonderful book for Sunday School or discussion groups--accessible and compelling in its presentation of a coherent theology that resonates with the best of our contemporary values."" --James Rissler, Pastor, Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship ""Denny Weaver pulls together various strands from his long-term, fruitful project of reconfiguring theology in light of biblical nonviolence. This accessible and forceful call to a substantive engagement with nonviolence challenges us to embody Jesus' way of peace in thought and deed--consistently and practically. A timely and coherent message for the twenty-first century."" --Ted Grimsrud, Author of Instead of Atonement: The Bible's Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness ""Drawing upon his groundbreaking work in narrative theology in The Nonviolent Atonement and The Nonviolent God, J. Denny Weaver has now written a practical, accessible guide for ordinary Christians on its implications for the most important issues of our day: economic justice, racism, gender equality, and care of creation. This book is a must-read for any serious Christian concerned about living the way of Jesus in the midst of our violent world."" --Scott Anderson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Council of Churches ""In this fresh and superb work, J. Denny Weaver challenges the church to loop back, again and again, to our Christian roots found in the story of Jesus. By some miracle he was able to write an accessible resource and also intertwine several of his key theological contributions from former books into one text. Read this book with others, and expect a meaningful conversation to open around how we can embody the narrative of Jesus for our time."" --Drew G. I. Hart, Assistant Professor of Theology, Messiah College; Author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism J. Denny Weaver is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Bluffton University, Ohio. Among his recent books are Becoming Anabaptist (2nd ed., 2005); Defenseless Christianity (co-authored, 2009); The Nonviolent Atonement (2nd. ed., 2011); The Nonviolent God (2013); and John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian (co-authored, 2014).


A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology

Author by : Thomas N. Finger
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Publisher by : IVP Academic
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Description : In this comprehensive volume Thomas N. Finger takes on the formidable task of making explicit the often implicit theology of the Anabaptist movement and then presenting, for the sake of the welfare of the whole contemporary Christian church, his own constructive theology. In the first part Finger tells the story of the development of Anabaptist thought, helping the reader grasp both the unifying and diverse elements in that theological tradition. In the second and third parts Finger considers in more detail the major themes essential to Anabaptist theology, first considering the historic views and then presenting his own constructive effort. Within the Anabaptist perspective Finger offers a theology that highlights the three dimensions of its salvific center: the communal, the personal and the missional. The themes taken up in the final part form what Finger identifies as the convictional framework of that center; namely, Christology, anthropology and eschatology. This book is a landmark contribution of Anabaptist theology for the whole church in biblical, historical and contemporary context.


The Character Of Our Communities

Author by : Gloria H. Albrecht
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Description : The emphasis on "rugged individualism," which is so thoroughly a part of American culture, has come under scrutiny and criticism from a number of sides recently. Many have sought to reclaim a sense of community as the source of meaning and value in human life. In the theological realm, thinkers such as Stanley Hauerwas have asserted that Christian faith is necessarily communitarian in nature. These theologians have argued that being a Christian means not simply encountering the divine within the privacy of the individual heart, but investing one's loyalty in a particular community of faith, leaning its shared narratives, and being apprenticed to its specific religious practices. Gloria Albrecht, who shares this rejection of American hyperindividualism, questions whether the communities Hauerwas and others envision are or even can be liberative for those who have been marginalized by the rest of society. She applauds the concern that Christians be shaped, not by the values of the wider society, but by the distinctive stories and perspectives of concrete worshiping communities. Yet she asks a trenchant question: Who is telling these stories? Are they told in such a way as to subvert or support the predominant culture's denigration of certain of its members to second and third class status? In spite of their intention to be countercultural, Albrecht contends that the communities which these theologians conceive are in danger of adopting the very hierarchical character that defines the society at large. She insists that if our communities are to be the visible signs of the sovereign rule of God they claim to be, they must be characterized by inclusiveness and diversity.


Gandhi And Jesus

Author by : Terrence J. Rynne
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Description : At a time when so many insist on countering violence with violence, this exploration of the life of Jesus and the (often misunderstood) teachings of Gandhi puts nonviolent action at the very heart of Christian salvation.


Landmark Speeches On Us Pacifism

Author by : Susan Schultz Huxman
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Publisher by : Texas A & M University Press
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Description : United States peace rhetoric is courageous, diverse, challenging, persuasive, and woefully under-exposed. This collection of landmark speeches in peace gives overdue scholarly notice to key figures on the American peace scene (politicians, athletes, journalists, preachers, movement leaders, scientists, doctors, academics, etc.) who have given vibrant, authentic voice and rhetorical significance to the important peace tradition in the United States from World War I until today.


Christian Peacemaking

Author by : Daniel Buttry
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Description : In this thorough and definitive work on the peace movement, author Daniel Buttry offers historical and biblical background as well as a report of recent and continuing community, national, and international happenings.


Christian Ethics

Author by : Robert L. Stivers
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Description : The case method approach, effective in disciplines from business to law, forms the backbone of this classroom-proven work. Designed specifically for undergraduate courses this latest revision includes six topical new cases on issues such as gene therapy, national security, and the death penalty. The remaining cases have all been updated to keep the book contemporary with "real life" issues, for productive discussion and fruitful learning. Book jacket.


New Dictionary Of Christian Ethics And Pastoral Theology

Author by : Arthur Frank Holmes
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Publisher by : Apollos
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Description : "Instead of the usual A-to-Z listings throughout, this reference work is organized into two parts. The first part includes 18 extended articles, arranged in theological order, which introduce readers to the main themes of Christian ethics and pastoral theology. Part two features more than 700 articles, arranged alphabetically, which are extensively cross-referenced to the main themes" -from publisher.


The Reasoner

Author by : George Jacob Holyoake
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Description : "The History of the Fleet Street House": 20 p. at the end of v. 18.


The Gift Of Difference

Author by : Chris K. Huebner
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Publisher by : Herald Press
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Description : When the Radical Reformers demanded the separation of church and state, it was not to privatize their convictions or depoliticize the church, but rather an attempt to recognize Jesus as Lord over all. The theological movement known as Radical Orthodoxy is currently rethinking theology's influence by secular modernity, thereby making a bold critique of contemporary Christianity. It should not be surprising that Anabaptist theologians have found theological kinship with Radical Orthodoxy. Taking their cuesfrom John Howard Yoder, Henri de Lubac, Jacques Derrida, Stanley Cavell, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Stanley Hauerwas, and others, writers in this volume engage Radical Orthodoxy on topics such as ecclesiology, martyrdom, worship, oath-taking, peace and violence. (Amazon)


Mennonites And Classical Theology

Author by : A. James Reimer
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Publisher by : Kitchener, Ont. : Pandora Press
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Description : A collection of essays written over 20 years by A. James Reimer. Innovative ecumenical meditations on the era in which we live and what it means for Mennonites to think about the Christian faith in the contemporary world.


A Place Of Springs

Author by : Grace M. Jantzen
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Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : In this book Grace Jantzen constructs a Quaker spirituality of beauty as a theological-philosophical response to a world preoccupied with death and violence. Having mapped the foundations of western cultural violence in the Greco-Roman period and the Judea-Christian tradition in Foundations of Violence and Violence to Eternity, she now offers her alternative vision. This vision is an original and creative feminist reading of the Quaker tradition, considering George Fox and the writings of Quaker women, exploring the themes of inner light and beauty as alternatives to violence and the obstacles to building such an alternative world. After showing how seventeenth-century Quakers offered a different option for modernity, she maps the philosophical and ethical implications of engaging with the world through beauty and its transforming power. Written for everyone interested in contemporary spirtuality, it explains how Quaker ideas can provide a way to transform our violent world into one that celebrates life rather than death, peace rather than violence. This work is the second of two posthumous publications to complete Grace M. Jantzen’s Death and the Displacement of Beauty collection, which began with Foundations of Violence (Routledge, 2004).


Kingdom Ethics 2nd Ed

Author by : David P. Gushee
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Publisher by : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
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Description : Glen Stassen and David Gushee's Kingdom Ethics, originally published in 2003, is the leading Christian ethics textbook of the twenty-first century. Solidly rooted in Scripture -- especially Jesus's teachings in the Sermon on the Mount -- the book has offered many students, pastors, and other readers a comprehensive and challenging framework for Christian ethical thought. This substantially revised edition of Kingdom Ethics features enhanced and updated treatments of all major contemporary ethical issues. David Gushee's revisions include updated data and examples, a more global perspective, more gender-inclusive language, a clearer focus on methodology, discussion questions added to every chapter, and a sizable new glossary.


Weaving The Tapestry Of Moral Judgement

Author by : John A. Harrod
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Publisher by : Epworth Press
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Description : Weaving the Tapestry of Moral Judgement is a new, accessible and challenging introduction to Christian Ethics. The author invites readers to consider what informs the moral and ethical choices and decisions we make and what kind of people we seek to be and to become. He introduces a number of different approaches to making moral decisions and judgements, from different secular and Christian perspectives which he sees as being in creative dialogue rather than as clashing tectonic plates. Harrod argues that we make moral decisions first and foremost as human beings and do so in a context that is shaped by factors such as different philosophical traditions and other world religions. Weaving the Tapestry of Moral Judgement is not a text book in the sense of simply surveying impartially the literature, the history of debate, and the various options available for discussion. It argues its own case too much for that, whilst also leaving many issues unresolved and allows readers to become competent and confident in participating in the challenges of moral decision making in a plural world. In the first part of the book, the author introduces different approaches to engaging with moral and ethical questions. In the second part, a number of specific issues such as war and peace, assisted death and human sexuality are discussed. Each chapter contains questions for further study and discussion.


Moral Issues

Author by : Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez
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Publisher by : Pearson College Division
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Description : Provides a unique approach to the study of ethics by incorporating both the philosophical and religious perspectives against a discussion of moral issues. It requires readers to examine their own positions on a range of moral issues and to provide reasons in support of those opinions through readings that emphasize the use of critical thinking skills as necessary to moral reasoning.


The Christian Century

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Robust Liberalism

Author by : Timothy A. Beach-Verhey
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Description : Robust Liberalism makes a powerful contribution to contemporary discussion of American public discourse.--William Stacy Johnson, Arthur M. Adams Professor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary "Presbyterian Outlook Review"