John Howard Yoder is widely-known for his work on Christian pacifism, writing extensively on biblical studies and ethics. The Wipf & Stock John Howard Yoder Collection gathers four volumes which present a variety of Yoder’s contributions to those fields. In Revolutionary Christianity, a collection of essays delivered in South America, Yoder thematically addresses the shape of the free church, the Christian practice of peace, and the place of the church in the midst of revolution. A Pacifist Way of Knowing compiles some of Yoder’s most important essays on pacifism and epistemology to present the beginnings of a pacifist theory of knowledge. Additionally, Yoder explores Karl Barth’s view of Christianity and war in another book of essays, and lastly—in an updated edition of To Hear the Word—provides insight into his approach to biblical interpretation.
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Editors Christian Early and Ted Grimsrud gather John Howard Yoder’s most important essays on Christian pacifism and epistemology—collecting a powerful group of writings on the relationship between gospel, peace, and human ways of knowing. In these texts, they find the beginnings of a pacifist theology of knowledge that rejects strategies of empire while avoiding a self-defeating relativism.
Whether in Yoder’s approach to Christology within the first portion of this collection or in other important areas, epistemology is one of the most misunderstood aspects of the legacy of John Howard Yoder. Bringing these essays on Yoder’s way of knowing together in one volume should go far toward correcting these misperceptions.
I am not a pacifist, but reading John Howard Yoder the past several years, I am moving in his direction. Meanwhile, this remarkable collection of Yoder’s writings offers wisdoms, bearing many other names, that enrich me in mind and spirit right now. There are wisdoms about the truth universal that resides in the particularity of my scriptural tradition, about the covenantal context in which ethics may be received, about why serving the good begins only where we are and why we can talk about it only from where we are, and about why, oh why, we have to be patient.
—Peter Ochs, editor, The Return to Scripture in Judaism and Christianity
Karl Barth and the Problem of War, and Other Essays on Barth
A passionate opponent of Nazism, Karl Barth was required to serve in the Swiss army. At the age of 54, he helped guard the Swiss border at Basel from German intruders. Some would suggest this is all we need to know in order to understand Barth’s views on Christianity and war—but as this volume demonstrates, John Howard Yoder begged to differ.
In “Karl Barth and the Problem of War” Yoder articulates the views of his former teacher on war, these views comprising a position he refers to as “chastened non-pacifism.” Through a rigorous examination of Barth’s ethical method, Yoder seeks to show how the logic of Barth’s basic theological commitments makes him even closer to pacifism than is often noticed. Five additional essays, three never before published, offer further reflections on Barth’s position, as well as offering some of Yoder’s fruitful use of Barth’s theology for social ethics.
In engaging with a world which relies on violence to settle disputes, for which profit is the bottom line, and which idolizes success, no one is more helpful for Christian life than Karl Barth. And in helping us to understand Barth’s true radicalism, in assessing its strength and weakness, in bringing us closer to the true astringency of the gospel, no one is more helpful than John Howard Yoder.
—Tim Gorringe, professor of theology, University of Exeter
One of the best ways to enter into Barth’s ethics is through a specific topic. No better example of this approach can be found than John Howard Yoder’s classic study of Barth’s stance toward the problem of war. The original edition of this work is now reissued with a number of supporting essays. In one of them, I have found Yoder's reference to the little-known work of Walter Bense on Barth’s early pacifism to be especially useful in charting Barth’s complexity and ambivalence toward ‘practical pacifism’ (and sometimes ‘chastened non-pacifism’) over the course of his career.
John Howard Yoder was reading Barth as a political theologian many years before it became fashionable to do so. His vigorous and challenging interpretations—and criticisms—take us straight into the heart of Barth’s moral project. These splendid essays are for all who care about a biblical and ecclesial Christian theology.
—Joseph Mangina, assistant professor of systematic theology, Wycliffe College
Revolutionary Christianity: The 1966 South American Lectures
The ambitious and accessible essays collected in this volume were presented by John Howard Yoder during an extensive visit to South America in 1966. Reflecting and also subverting the acknowledged “faddish” attempt to address the revolutionary nature of Christianity, these lectures provide an illuminating snapshot of Yoder’s vibrant initial encounter with Latin American Christianity. In these lectures, he thematically addresses the shape of the free church, the Christian practice of peace, and the place of the church in the midst of revolution. In a manner that betrays his confidence in the eventual triumph of faithfulness, Yoder concludes that the peace-witnessing free church is, by definition, always the community that is the soul and conscience of our revolutionary age.
Revolutionary Christianity will be a welcome addition to the Yoder corpus for those familiar with his work as well as those who will read him for the first time. For the latter, Revolutionary Christianity is a wonderful introduction to the major themes in his work. For the former, this book is a very helpful reminder of the interconnectedness of Yoder’s thought. We are fortunate, therefore, to have yet another book by Yoder.
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School
This volume makes a significant contribution to the important task of bringing into print all the treasures in Yoder’s unpublished materials. John Howard Yoder is the greatest Mennonite theologian/ethicist in our history. Revolutionary Christianity provides further insight into his fertile, creative mind.
—Ronald J. Sider, professor of theology, holistic ministry & public policy, Palmer Seminary, Eastern University
For those of us that heard some of these lectures in the atmosphere of social turmoil of Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, it is a joy to see them gathered and published in book form. Yoder’s fresh and creative way of reading both Scripture and the Anabaptist tradition is still surprising and challenging. I am amazed by the continued relevance of his theological reflection and thankful for it.
—Samuel Escobar, professor emeritus, Palmer Theological Seminary and Theological Seminary of the Spanish Baptist Union, Madrid
To Hear the Word collects a variety of writings from John Howard Yoder on interpreting Scripture. This thoroughly corrected edition includes three new chapters, an appendix, and a foreword from Michael J. Gorman. As Gorman notes, to “hear the word rightly was to do the word publicly” for Yoder, and his writings “[guide] us toward a truly ecclesial yet missional reading of Scripture, with a profoundly Anabaptist yet ecumenical and catholic spirit, in historically astute and literarily sensitive ways that are nonetheless ‘straightforward’ and pastoral. . . . he guides us toward a reading of Scripture that proceeds from and focuses on Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster, Eum Sequamur; ‘Our Lamb has conquered; let us follow him.’”
Yoder’s biblical exposition, perhaps more than his work in either ethics or history, inspired a whole generation to reengage ‘Word and World.’ I, like so many others, am grateful and indebted. This volume gives us unique insights into Yoder’s integral approach to reading Scripture, which remains instructive, compelling and fruitful.
—Ched Myers, author, Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus
For anyone interested in theological interpretation of Scripture, this book is a welcome event. This updated version of To Hear the Word brings together a compelling collection of John Howard Yoder’s many writings on biblical interpretation and theology. Those engaged in current discussions about how to interpret and embody Scripture in the church will find that on many of the most pressing issues in the current debates, Yoder has already engaged the issues in provocative and challenging ways. It only sharpens our sorrow that his voice has been lost.