The War of the Lamb

The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking

by John Howard Yoder (Author)Glen Harold Stassen (Editor)Mark T. Nation (Editor)Matt Hamsher (Editor)Mark Thiessen Nation (Editor)
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John Howard Yoder was one of the major theologians of the late twentieth century. He wrote faithfully and with theological depth, particularly on the ethics of nonviolence and peacemaking. Before his death, Yoder planned the essays and structure of The War of the Lamb, which he intended to be his last work. Now leading interpreters of Yoder bring that work to fruition.

Covering pacifism, just war theory, and just peacemaking theory, The War of the Lamb crystallizes Yoder's argument that his proposed ethics is not sectarian and a matter of withdrawal. It also clearly argues that Christian just war and Christian pacifist traditions are basically compatible--and more specifically, that the Christian just war tradition itself presumes against all violence.

"Yoder's The War of the Lamb has been faithfully edited by close colleagues. Full of challenging insight--not least of which is the argument that just war and pacifist traditions are complementary--this culminating Yoder book is required reading for every Christian working for the peace witness of the church. Readers impressed by Bonhoeffer's Christian peace witness will be especially intrigued by Yoder's essays."--Clifford Green, executive director, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

"If any book well proclaims the very private and public, social and political goodness of the nonretaliatory love made incarnate in Jesus, The War of the Lamb is it. And if any book puts the final nail into the coffin of the false notion given us by Troeltsch, the Niebuhrs, and their students, that such love is publically irrelevant, The War of the Lamb is it. This is one of Yoder's most-important--and one of American Christianity's most-needed--works. Simply outstanding."--Lee C. Camp, author of Mere Discipleship and host of TokensShow.com

Contributors

John Howard Yoder, Author

John Howard Yoder (1927-1997; ThD, University of Basel) taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and was later professor of theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is known especially for his influential book The Politics of Jesus.

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Glen Harold Stassen, Editor

Glen Stassen (1936-2014; PhD, Duke University) was Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Mark T. Nation, Editor

Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and has authored several books, including John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions.

Matt Hamsher, Editor

Matt Hamsher (MDiv, Eastern Mennonite Seminary) is pastor of Longenecker Mennonite Church in Winesburg, Ohio.

Mark Thiessen Nation, Editor

Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He has authored several books, including John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions.