Priestly Kingdom

Priestly Kingdom

Priestly Kingdom In this volume of essays John Howard Yoder projects a vision of Christian social ethics rooted in historical community and illuminated by scripture Drawing upon scriptural accounts of the early church

  • Title: Priestly Kingdom
  • Author: John Howard Yoder
  • ISBN: 9780268016289
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this volume of essays John Howard Yoder projects a vision of Christian social ethics rooted in historical community and illuminated by scripture Drawing upon scriptural accounts of the early church, he demonstrates the Christian community s constant need for reform and change Yoder first examines the scriptural and theoretical foundations of Christian social ethics WIn this volume of essays John Howard Yoder projects a vision of Christian social ethics rooted in historical community and illuminated by scripture Drawing upon scriptural accounts of the early church, he demonstrates the Christian community s constant need for reform and change Yoder first examines the scriptural and theoretical foundations of Christian social ethics While personally committed to the radical reformation tradition, he eschews denominational categorization and addresses Christians in general The status of Christian community, he argues, cannot be separated from the doctrinal content of beliefs and the moral understanding of discipleship As a result, the Christian s voluntary commitment to a particular community, as distinct from secular society, offers him valuable resources for practical moral reasoning From a historical perspective, Yoder reviews the efforts of sixteenth century radical or Anabaptist reformers to return to the fundamental ethical standards of the New Testament, and to disengage the community, as a biblically rooted call to faith that does not imply withdrawal from the pluralistic world Rather, radical commitment to Christianity strengthens and renews the authentic human interests and values of the whole society His analyses of democracy and of civil religion illustrate how Christianity must challenge and embrace the wider world.

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    It's honestly a bit unfair to all the other books I read in a year to compare them to anything by Yoder - Like Stanley Hauerwas, Jean Vanier, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Yoder has been hugely influential to me and contributed to my development and growth as a Christian and a thinker over the last 5 years. A well handled if a bit wordy examination of Radical Reformation ethics that is objective to a fault; sometimes I wish Yoder would just out and state his opinion, but then he wouldn't be Yoder.No [...]

    This is a series of essays and lectures Yoder delivered on the Anabaptist perspective on politics. He clearly contrasts Anabaptist thought with the dominant protestant thinkers such as Richard Reinhold Niebuhr, of whom he was a contemporary. He tries to show that Anabaptism was an attempt to re-capture the original Christian ethic that was diluted once Christianity came into power under Constantine in the 4th century. His last essay, a critique of American Civil Religion is brilliant. While at p [...]

    It's hard to describe how interesting and brilliant Yoder is. He takes a simple proposition: the gospel is the fact that Jesus has lived, died, and was raised, and is now the Lord of the world - in opposition to every other Lord. Practically, these means non-violence (since God dealt with his enemies through sacrifice and love); it means a prophetic voice against nationalism and "civil religion" (because the nation basically attempts to use God as a claim to destroy, instead of love, its enemies [...]

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