'John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian' shows that for John Howard Yoder both theology (in particular Christology) and ethics are expressions of the meaning of the narrative of Jesus. All such statements are relative to a particular context, so that theology and ethics are subject to reaching back to the narrative in order to restate the meaning in new and ever-changing contexts. This methodology is visible in Yoder's 'Preface to Theology', which has been little used in most treatments of Yoder's thought. Yoder has been characterised as standing on Nicene orthodoxy, criticised for rejecting Nicene orthodoxy, called heterodox, and designated a postmodern thinker to be interpreted in terms of other such thinkers. None of these characterisations adequately locates the basis of his methodology in the narrative of Jesus. Thus 'John Howard Yoder: Radical Theologian' aims to go beyond or to supersede existing treatments with its demonstration that Yoder is a radical theologian in the historical meaning of radical - that is, as one who returns to the root - but also relates his theology to the personal accusations that clouded his later years. For Christian faith, this root is Christ.
Parts II and III of the book explore the sources of Yoder's approach, and its application in several contemporary contexts.
J. Denny Weaver is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Bluffton (Ohio) University. His other books include 'Becoming Anabaptist' (2nd ed., 2005); 'Defenseless Christianity' (co-written with Gerald J. Mast, 2009); 'The Nonviolent Atonement' (2nd ed., 2011); and 'The Nonviolent God' (2013). He has lectured on atonement theology in the United Kingdom, the Congo, and Germany. He lives in Wisconsin.
List of Contributors Foreword -Marva J. Dawn Preface -J. Denny Weaver Introduction -J. Denny Weaver Part One: The Orientation of John Howard Yoder's Theology 1 Christology: From the Root -J. Denny Weaver Part Two: Sources of John Howard Yoder's Theology 2 Sixteenth-Century Anabaptist Roots -Earl Zimmerman 3 Harold S. Bender, Anabaptist Vision, and the Goshen School -Zachary J. Walton 4 Oscar Cullmann and Radical Discipleship -Earl Zimmerman 5 Deconstructing Karl Barth -Gerald J. Mast Part Three: Extending John Howard Yoder's Theology 6 Jesus to Paul -Ted Grimsrud 7 The Free Church as Body Politics -Earl Zimmerman 8 Pacifism as a Way of Knowing -Gerald J. Mast 9 A Nonviolent Public Ethic -Glen Harold Stassen 10 Interfaith Conversations: Judaism to Islam to Hinduism -J. Denny Weaver and Earl Zimmerman 11 A Model in Conversation with Black and Evangelical Theology -J. Denny Weaver and Gerald J. Mast 12 Reflections from a Chagrined