The War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Book, 2009, 230 pp
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NOTE: In troubling contrast to his work, we know that John Howard Yoder’s life was seriously flawed by acts of sexual violence against many women. Although his writings on nonviolence continue to be influential, we acknowledge that Yoder was, ironically and tragically, perpetuating violence, over many decades, in his private life. No reading or interpretation of Yoder can be done faithfully without understanding the extensive harmful legacy he has also left.

For more information, see Rachel Waltner Goossen’s research, published in Mennonite Quarterly Review, entitled “Defanging the Beast”.



John Howard Yoder was one of the major theologians of the late twentieth century. He wrote faithfully and with theological depth, particularly on the ethics of nonviolence and peacemaking. Before his death, Yoder planned the essays and structure of this book, which he intended to be his last work. Now leading interpreters of Yoder bring that work to fruition.

Covering pacifism, just war theory, and just peacemaking theory, this book crystallizes Yoder's argument that his proposed ethics is not sectarian and a matter of withdrawal. It also clearly argues that Christian just war and Christian pacifist traditions are basically compatible - and more specifically, that the Christian just war tradition itself presumes against all violence.

Also available in Korean.
TypePrint
GenreAcademic Theory/Thesis
ExpressionGeneral Writing/Recording
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBaker Publishing Group
ISBN9781587432606

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