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“Our purpose is to analyze whether it is truly the case that a Christian pacifist position rooted not in pragmatic or psychological but in Christological considerations is thereby irrelevant to the social order.” —John Howard Yoder

These words by John Howard Yoder set the course of his pathbreaking treatise, The Christian Witness to the State. Yoder’s novel contribution to the debate concerning the church’s and the Christian’s calling is his starting point. He insists that Christ, through his death and resurrection, is now exercising dominion over the world. God has reclaimed his intention for creation. Thus the structures of the social order have as much potential for good as for evil. The church belongs in this world; it has a mission to, and even with, society.

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  • Discusses the calling of Christians and the church
  • Examines the relationship between Christians and social order
  • Analyzes the intersection between the “order of redemption” and the “order of providence”
  • The Problem Identified
  • The Ground for the Witness to the State
  • The Form of the Church’s Witness
  • General Considerations of Ethical Theory
  • The Criteria of Political Judgment
  • Examples of Political Judgment
  • The Classic Options Graphically Portrayed
  • Theoretical Understandings of the State
  • Misuse of the Church/World Dichotomy
The Christian Witness to the State is a model of reflection on the social mission of the church from the vantage point of a peace church ecclesiology. We owe John Howard Yoder a debt for leading us through the invaluable exercise of writing from the riches of one’s own tradition yet possessing the freedom to correct it out of the shared resources of the whole body of Christ.

—John Rempel, Mennonite Central Committee liaison to the United Nations

This book is now a crucial resource for all Christians who seek to live faithful to the politics of Jesus.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

  • Title: The Christian Witness to the State
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 90

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 The Politics of Jesus, 2nd ed.. He is also the author of The Christian Witness to the State, The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical, and Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism.

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    $9.99

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