Things Hold Together
John Howard Yoder's Trinitarian Theology of Culture
Product Code: 9618
264 Binding Information: Paper
Size: 9.00 x
Publication Date: 10/3/2012
This title is available on eBook! "Things Hold Together helps us see that John Howard Yoder was from first to last a trinitarian thinker. Parler therefore provides an illuminating context for interpreting Yoder's critique of H. Richard Niebuhr."
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As an Anabaptist, John Howard Yoder is often depicted as Christ-centered in his theology but with a creation-deficient approach to culture. In this clearly reasoned study, Branson Parler argues that Yoder advocates a trinitarian theology of culture that upholds the continuity between God’s work in creation and in redemption. For Yoder, Jesus’ humanity makes him directly relevant to culture while Jesus’ divinity connects him directly to creation. Yoder’s writings, says Parler, affirm that Jesus restores and re-establishes the politics of creation.
In Things Hold Together, Parler joins a growing number of writers from outside Anabaptist or Mennonite traditions who are finding resonance with Yoder, one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century.
"Interpreters who dismiss Yoder's call to discipleship find comfort in suggesting he lacked a doctrine of creation or in finding him to be at best a heterodox theologian. Parler takes the ground away from such critics. His book sets the bar for any future reception of Yoder's theology."
—D. Stephen Long, author of Speaking of God: Theology, Truth and Language
—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics, Duke University
Foreword by Richard Mouw
Preface and Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Introduction: Christ, Creation, and Culture
Chapter 2: The Niebuhrs on Christ, Creation, and Culture
Chapter 3: God's Word and Our Words: Yoder and the Creeds
Chapter 4: Yoder's New Testament Christology
Chapter 5: The Power of Jesus and the Politics of Creation
Chapter 6: "From the Beginning It Was Not So": The Sword-Bearing State
Chapter 7: The Spirit Pioneering Culture
Chapter 8: Conclusion
"Since Yoder read widely, mined gems from multiple traditions, and incorporated them into his project, it often takes thinkers beyond his tradition to see themes in his work that resonate deeply with their own."
—John Nugent, professor of Old Testament, Great Lakes Christian College
"Parler is very good at seeing connectedness within Yoder's wide ranging work and at recognizing the inner logic-the grammar, as it were-of Yoder's thought."
—Paul Doerksen, assistant professor of biblical and theological studies, Canadian
"Parler's portrait of Yoder's understanding of Christ and culture reveals the gross distortions of many previous portrayals. However, this informative book does much more: it shows Yoder to be offering the Christian community a way into the future that embodies love and service while providing a clear witness to the gospel."
—Mark Thiessen Nation, author of John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions
"By reading Yoder's body of work as a whole, Parler reorients our attention to the strong trinitarian logic that grounds his understanding of Christian pacifism. We are in his debt."
—Chris K. Huebner, associate professor of theology and philosophy, Canadian Mennonite University