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Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism
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Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism


Herald Press 1992

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John Howard Yoder’s classic book, first published in 1971, includes a treatment of Jewish pacifism. Yoder points out each pacifist position’s assumptions, strengths, and shortcomings, bringing clarity to the many-sided conversations about peace, nonviolence, war, proliferation of arms, and power politics. And, in three in-depth appendixes—“Speaking Truth to Power: Quaker Political Witness;” “The Spectrum of Nonpacifist Postures;” and “Nonviolent National Defense Alternatives”—Yoder continues the exposition of his worldview, further inviting open conversation.

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Key Features

  • Examines the strengths, weaknesses, and general ideas of Jewish pacifism
  • Presents clear arguments for a politically active, peace-focused Christianity
  • Features deep engagement with modern ecumenical discourse


  • The Pacifism of Christian Cosmopolitanism
  • The Pacifism of the Honest Study of Cases
    • Parenthesis: Exceptions and How to Weigh Them
  • The Pacifism of Absolute Principle
  • The Pacifism of Programmatic Political Alternatives
    • Political Pacifism: A Semantic Parenthesis
  • The Pacifism of Nonviolent Social Change
  • The Pacifism of Prophetic Protest
  • The Pacifism of Proclamation
    • Parenthesis: Program and Practicality
  • The Pacifism of Utopian Purism
  • The Pacifism of the Virtuous Minority
  • The Pacifism of the Categorical Imperative
  • The Pacifism of Absolute Conscience
  • The Pacifism of Redemptive Personalism
  • The Pacifism of Cultic Law
  • The Pacifism of Cultural Isolation
  • The Pacifism of Consistent Nonconformity
  • The Nonpacifist Nonresistance of the Mennonite “Second Wind”
  • And On and On. . .
  • And Then On and On Some More. . .
  • The Pacifism of the Messianic Community
  • What Have We Learned?

Praise for the Print Edition

Yoder’s Nevertheless has served me well as a reminder of the diverse forms religious pacifism has taken and as an insightful critical exploration of what makes each kind of pacifism distinctive. These differences are not simply taxonomical; not recognizing them often causes misunderstanding and misrepresentation. This new edition . . . is a worthy new rendering of an old standard.

—James T. Johnson, distinguished professor of religious ethics, Rutgers

Product Details

  • Title: Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • Edition: Revised and Expanded
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 192

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.