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Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World


Herald Press 2001

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Binding and loosing, baptism, Eucharist, multiplicity of gifts, and open meeting—these five New Testament practices were central in the life of the early Christian community and some of them are still echoed in church practices today. But the full social, ethical, and communal meaning of the original practices has often been covered by centuries of ritual and interpretation. John Howard Yoder reveals the original meaning of the five practices and shows why the recovery of these practices is so important for the modern church’s social, economic, and political witness.

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Key Features

  • Examines the original meanings of five New Testament Christian practices
  • Discusses the importance of recovering these practices
  • Provides deep engagement with modern ecumenical discourse


  • Binding and Loosing
  • Disciples Break Bread Together
  • Baptism and the New Humanity
  • The Fullness of Christ
  • The Rule of Paul

Praise for the Print Edition

A crucial advance in recent philosophy and theology is (re)discovery of the fact that we do not know what our words mean if we do not know how to put them into practice. Yoder’s Body Politics embodies this understanding of the intimate dialectic of thought and life, doctrine and liturgical practice.

—Nancy Murphy, professor of Christian philosophy, school of theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

If the church’s ‘internal’ life is a precursor to the future of the world, then Yoder’s Body Politics sheds new light on the role and mission of the church in the world. Perhaps more importantly, it then also sheds new light on the future role of the world in the church.

—Robert J. Suderman, Mennonite Church Canada

Product Details

  • Title: Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 88

About John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder (1927–1997) taught ethics and theology at Notre Dame University and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He received his doctorate from the University of Basel, Switzerland, and was a member of the Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana. Widely sought around the world as a theological educator, ethicist, and interpreter of biblical pacifism, he is best known for writing The Politics of Jesus.