This book opens a new frontier in understanding nonviolence. Discussions of peace and nonviolence usually focus on either moral theory or practical dimensions of applying nonviolence in conflict situations. Teaching Peace carries the discussion of nonviolence beyond ethics and into the rest of the academic curriculum. This book isn't just for religion or philosophy teachers-it is for all educators. Teaching Peace begins with a discussion rooted in Christian theology, where nonviolence is so central and important. But it is clear that there are other paths to nonviolence, and that one certainly doesn't have to be a Christian to practice nonviolence. The pieces that follow, therefore, show how a nonviolent perspective impacts disciplines across the curriculum-from acting, to biology, to mathematics, to psychology.
J. Denny Weaver is professor of religion and Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion at Bluffton College. He is the author of four previous books. Gerald Biesecker-Mast is associate professor of communication at Bluffton College. This is the second volume he has co-edited.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Christian Nonviolence and the Enlightenment Crisis Part 2 I. What Is Nonviolence? Chapter 3 Violence and Nonviolence Part 4 II. Nonviolence in the Bible and Theology Chapter 5 Violence in Christian Theology Chapter 6 The God of the Bible and the Nonviolence of Jesus Chapter 7 Nonviolence in the (Biblical) Struggle to Know Part 8 III. Nonviolence in History and Politics Chapter 9 Violence, Nonviolence, and the Search for Answers in History Chapter 10 Nonviolent Political Movements as Missed Opportunity in Kosovo Chapter 11 The Bush Doctrine and Pacifist Pedagogy Part 12 IV. Nonviolence and the Humanities Chapter 13 Nonviolence, Anabaptism, and the Impossible inCommunication Chapter 14 Literature, Nonviolence, and Nonviolent Teaching Chapter 15 Violence and Supernatural Justice in Gothic Literature Part 16 V. Nonviolence and the Arts Chapter 17 The Very Picture of Peace Chapter 18 Nonviolence in Actor Training Chapter 19 Violence and Nonviolence in Choral Music Part 20 VI. Nonviolence and the Social Sciences Chapter 21 The Violence of Global Marketization Chapter 22 Violence and Nonviolence in Criminal Justice Chapter 23 Psychology's Missed Opportunities for Teaching Peace Chapter 24 War and Peace in Economic Terms Part 25 VII. Nonviolence and the Sciences Chapter 26 Violent Images in Cell Biology Chapter 27 Nature's Tooth-and-Claw Conflict Resolution Chapter 28 Nonviolence and the Foundations of Mathematical Thought Chapter 29 Teaching Nonviolence Through Mathematical Study Part 30 VIII. Nonviolence and the Professions Chapter 31 The Peaceable Educator Chapter 32 The Peaceable Manager