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A Mind Patient and Untamed
Assessing John Howard Yoder's Contributions
to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking

Edited by Ben C. Ollenburger
and Gayle Gerber Koontz

Introduction by Stanley Hauerwas

Summary: This book assesses the work of John Howard Yoder, author of The Politics of Jesus and the many other noted writings within which he engaged in principled, patient, nonfoundationalist, and unsystematic conversation with the Bible, with his Anabaptist tradition, and with such thinkers as the Niebuhrs and Hauerwas. The book also places Yoder in new discussions, such as with Derrida and Said—and extends the conversation to the 16 insightful Yoder scholars writing in this volume. They include Stanley Hauerwas, Harry Huebner, Gerald Biesecker-Mast, Chris K. Huebner, Peter C. Blum, Thomas Heilke, J. Alexander Sider, Duane K. Friesen, Bethel College, Alain Epp Weaver, Paul Doerksen, Craig R. Hovey, Gerald W. Schlabach, A. James Reimer, Douglas Harink, Willard M. Swartley, Rachel Reesor, and Thomas Finger.

Comment: "This book does exactly what John Howard Yoder did in person and in his writings by alerting us to how often we do violence by the way we read—so careful to control the history of our own minds! Let this book challenge the way you think, especially about what really matters for Christians. You probably won’t agree with everything in these writers’ critiques of Yoder’s vast and vastly divergent work, but then, if you read as Yoder taught us, you won’t agree any longer with your former self either."
—Marva J. Dawn, Theologian, Author, Educator with Christians Equipped for Ministry; Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC

"Yoder cannot be understood without the background of the faithful witness of his Anabaptist forebears. It is, therefore, appropriate that these essays representing the beginning of the hard work of receiving Yoder are by ‘his people.’ Hopefully, however, these chapters are only the beginning of the many we will need to help us understand the what and how Yoder has to teach us. Only a beginning—but what a wonderful one."
—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University, in the Inroduction

"Here we are confronted, once again, with Yoder's clarity and precision, his wariness of method and theory, his calm refusal to allow Christian doctrine to be domesticated by the dogmas of professional ethics. Most of all, we are reminded of his patient insistence on the point of theology in the first place: to announce the victory of the Lamb that was slain and to show how this victory frees us to follow Jesus to the cross and embody his peace in the world."
—Michael J. Baxter teaches theology at the University of Notre Dame and is the National Secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.

"These essays should help bring the level of discussion and debate of Yoder's work to a new level."
—Mark Thiessen Nation, Associate Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary; co-editor, The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder

Market: Scholars and college or graduate students; church leaders and pastors; groups or individuals interested in a thoughtful examination of the work of John Howard Yoder.

Shelving: Theology; Ethics; Peacemaking, pacifism, nonviolence; Philosophy; Anabaptist-Mennonite thought. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics, 750 Sociology

The Editors: Ben C. Ollenburger, Elkhart, Indiana, is Professor of Biblical Theology at Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Gayle Gerber Koontz, Elkhart, Indiana, is Professor of Theology and Ethics at AMBS

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House (the new name of Pandora Press U.S.)
Copublisher: Herald Press, Scottdale, PA
Publication date: February 28, 2003
Approximate Pages: 356
Format: 6 x 9 trade paper
Prices: $24.95 US, $37.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-20-1





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