Archives For Nonviolence

 

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Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence
A. Whitney Sanford

Hardback: UP of Kentucky, 2017
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New, Peaceful Models of Understanding
 
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God Without Violence: Following A Nonviolent God in a Violent World
J. Denny Weaver

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2016
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Reviewed by: Michelle Wilbert
 
 
In the wake of the recent election, the topics of nonviolence and nonviolent direct action have seen renewed interest in the liberal Christian community—and for good reason as divisions deepen and rage and rancor dominate our civil discourse. What is also occurring is a broader conversation about systemic violence, verbal and emotional abuse and coercion and a long overdue examination of the violence inherent in our religious historical narrative and its impact on culture and society.  Religious violence is on the upswing and a new ways of understanding and living out our inherited religious and theological story is necessary.

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The Way to New Life

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Walking Through Fire: Iraqis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation

Peggy Faw Gish

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014
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Reviewed by by Joe Davis

 

I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember but I still have trouble imagining peaceful alternatives to violent situations. Like Jesus’s disciple in the garden when the temple guards seized Jesus for arrest, I instinctively reach for my sword and start fighting back. I know Jesus calls me to love my enemies and turn the other cheek, but what else can I do when someone threatens me or those I love? In Walking Through Fire: Iraqis’ Struggle for Justice and Reconciliation, Peggy Faw Gish applies a healing balm to my wounded imagination and gives me eyes to see the way of Jesus through stories which “demonstrate that the power of nonviolent suffering love… is stronger than the way of violence and force, and can break down barriers and be transformative in violent or threatening situations.” Gish chronicles eight years of her journey alongside Iraqi people as an activist for peace with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Along with her own reflections, she tells the stories of Iraqis who have endured nearly unbearable suffering, but who cling to hope and are still able to love each other and work together for a peaceful future.

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Marked by Redemptive Suffering, Nonviolence, and Shalom

Review of

Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence

Preston Sprinkle

Paperback: David C. Cook, 2013.
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Reviewed by Wes Magruder

 

It’s astounding how eagerly North American evangelicals have supported military operations in the recent past. Polls suggest that as many as 79% of evangelicals supported the Iraq invasion in 2003. That’s why Preston Sprinkle’s new book, Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence, seems so overdue. It’s astounding that it took this long for a book aimed at the popular evangelical Christian audience to hit the market.  Sprinkle became converted to nonviolence only recently; in 2009, as he claims, based on his own careful study of Scripture, he decided that “Christians shouldn’t kill or use violence — not even in war.”

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Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

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A Faith Not Worth Fighting For - York, Barringer, eds.Honest Questions about War and Peace

A Review of

A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence.

Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer, eds.

Paperback: Cascade Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Myles Werntz.

To paraphrase Stanley Hauerwas, pacifism is entirely unnatural to us, but in Christ, it becomes a vocation to be embraced. That being said, articulating how and why Christians should reject war is a constant difficulty. The questions are, in two senses, never ending. First, “war” is never the same all the time, and human conflict is never a straight-forward affair; pacifists, if they are hold to their convictions must continue to revisit their commitments in each and every age. Secondly, pacifism within the Christian tradition is by far the minority opinion; holding to a presumption of nonviolence in human relationships requires that one reckon with issues of Christian history, Scriptural accounts of war and political identity.

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Those of us who follow Christ would do well to meditate on the teaching and example of our Lord, who for the joy set before him ultimately suffered and died out of love for his enemies. For Gandhi, the cross-shaped life and death of Jesus provided a formative example to follow, and the world was never the same because of it. But for those who have died with Christ and have been raised with him, we have more than an example to guide us; we have the gift of resurrection life itself. I pray that we, by the grace of God, would look more and more like our Jesus every day.

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“Renouncing Violence and
Following the Peaceful Example of Jesus”

A Review of
Christian Peace and Nonviolence:
A Documentary History

Michael Long, Editor

Reviewed by Chase Roden.


Christian-Peace-and-NonviolenceChristian Peace and Nonviolence:
A Documentary History

Michael Long, Editor
Paperback: Orbis Books, 2011.
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In this remarkable collection, Michael G. Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies at Elizabethtown College, chooses representative works from a diverse collection of authors throughout the history of the church to present a surprisingly coherent voice of peace and nonviolence from the body of Christ. As Long demonstrates, the message of peace is not a minor theme in the history of the church, but an essential element of our origins and future.

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An excerpt from

Living Without Enemies:
Being Present in the Midst of Violence

(Resources for Reconciliation Series)
Samuel Wells and Marcia Owen.
Paperback: IVP Books, 2011.
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JH Yoder: NONVIOLENCEA Review of

Nonviolence: A Brief History.
John Howard Yoder.
Hardback: Baylor UP, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith

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Over the last year, several previously unpublished works of John Howard Yoder have hit the shelves of bookstores.  The most recent in this series is a new volume from Baylor University, Nonviolence: A Brief History, which is comprised of the Warsaw lectures that he presented in Poland in May 1983.  There is much here that resembles other works by Yoder, particularly the recent books Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace and Revolution ( Read our review )and The War of the Lamb ( Read our review ), as well as his classic work The Politics of Jesus.  In the first chapter, Yoder fleshes out the role of nonviolence in the work of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi and also examines the influence that Tolstoy’s work had upon Gandhi.  This chapter is Yoder’s most thorough treatment of these key figures in the history of nonviolent thought.  Continue Reading…