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I mention it here for several reasons. Second, Yoder is a significant influence in my own theology. Yoder is an important witness and his thought has much to offer us as we enter a future where Christianity no longer has power and privilege in the west.
Third, the relationship between the life and thought of a theologian raises significant issues. If Yoder acted abominably to women of his acquaintance, what does that say about his theology? Like most Mennonites of my generation, John Howard Yoder was larger than life.
He brought Anabaptist and Mennonite theology and ethics into the mainstream of Protestantism.
I read The Politics of Jesus when I was a teenager in the mids. It shaped my understanding of Jesus, my ethical stance, and my theology. I spent one semester at what was then Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries and made sure that I took the only course Yoder offered that term.
His theological brilliance did not extend to the classroom, nor to interpersonal relations and looking back, the course was less than successful. It was on ecumenical reform movements within Christianity and tried to bring together a number of very different movements that emerged in Western Christianity after the Protestant Reformation.
It, too, was an insightful and important work on my journey. Reading Politics of Jesus again in the context of a strong Feminist community opened my eyes to the persistent power dynamics in the work. With strong ties to the Mennonite community and to AMBS, I learned a little a bit at the time about why Yoder suddenly left the seminary in the mid 80s.
I continued to engage his contemporary theological work over the years and his historical work on early Anabaptism played a significant role in my own dissertation. I write about the last time I saw him here. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has responded. Its President Sara Wenger Shenk has this to say.
The Mennonite World Review devoted an entire issue to sexual violence among Mennonites.43 See the recently edited collection of essays by Yoder, A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder's Nonviolent Epistemology, ed. Christian E.
Early . Avoiding avoidance: Why I assigned Yoder’s ‘Body Politics’ This was the first time that I assigned a book-length work by John Howard Yoder in any of the courses that I have taught in my eight years of putting together syllabi in undergraduate and seminary “Body Politics,” like many of Yoder’s works, is a collection of essays.
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Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical, John Howard Yoder, See more like this. SPONSORED. The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
"Review of John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions by Mark Thiessen Nation". Journal of Religion. Aug 21, · Major Writings of John Howard Yoder. Major Writings of John Howard Yoder (). The Ecumenical Movement and the Faithful iridis-photo-restoration.com Press.
Peace Without Eschatology? Herald Press. An early Yoder critique of “liberal” Christian pacifism. May 15, · Christian Pacifism, The Ethic of Jesus, and Human Effectiveness: Reinhold Niebuhr and John Howard Yoder in Conversation On one side of this question stands the Christian realism of Reinhold Niebuhr and on the other the pacifism of John Howard Yoder.
2. This essay will proceed by first examining Niebuhr’s position concerning non.