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The Original Revolution

Essays on Christian Pacifism
The Original Revolution

Series: John Howard Yoder Series
By author: John Howard Yoder
Product Code: 1812
ISBN: 9780836118124
Pages: 192
Binding Information: Paper
Size: 8.00 x 5.00 inches

Publication Date: 10/13/2003

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Jesus created around himself a voluntary society that was counter to everything his society knew or expected. Jesus gave his members a new way to deal with offenders, with violence, with money, with leadership, with a corrupt society. He gave them a new pattern of relationships between man and woman, and an enlarged understanding of what it means to be human.

This is the original revolution: the creation of a distinct community with its alternate set of values and its coherent way of incarnating them. Such a group is not only a novelty, but is also, if lived faithfully, the most powerful tool of social change.

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  • Foreword ... 1
  • Preface ... 7
  • Biblical Perspectives
    • The Original Revoltuion ... 13
    • The Political Axioms of the Sermon on the Mount ... 34
    • If Christ is Truly Lord ... 52
    • If Abraham Is Our Father ... 85
  • Ecumenical Perspectives
    • Let the Church Be the Church ... 107
    • Christ the Light of the World ... 125
    • Christ the Hope of the World ... 140
  • Notes ... 177
  • Index of Proper Names and Concepts ... 185
  • Index of Scripture References ... 187
  • The Author ... 189

"John Howard Yoder simply cannot be understood without reading the essays collected in The Original Revolution. Yoder would obviously go on to have much to say, but everything he had to say was initially intimated in this extremely important book. Indeed, Chapter Three (which was originally entitled "Peace Without Eschatology?") may well be the most important single essay Yoder ever wrote. We are in debt to Herald Press for keeping this important book in print." —Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

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