"This book offers a challenge to conservative, liberal, and in-between Christians, as well as persons who do not call themselves Christians but have some interest in what the Christian movement is about. To state the extremes, both those persons who think they can have Christ without pacifism and those who think they can have pacifism without Christ will have to think again after reading Christ and Violence....
"The time is right for a sweeping reappraisal of the church's teaching on violence. A mountain of nuclear stockpiles on the one hand and an ocean of revolutionary violence on the other converge in our time to make the question of violence the most urgent Christian issue facing this generation....
"What about violence? Certain political/economic philosophies, including communism and capitalism, have made clear their answer to that question in the arms race which now engulfs the world. Will Christians have anything different to say or anything better to offer? Ron Sider says they can and they should."
John K. Stoner in the Introduction
Ronald J. Sider
Ronald J. Sider is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry & Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary, and President of Evangelicals for Social Action. He is the author of over 30 books including Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (Intervarsity & Paulist, 1977),The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience (Baker, 2005), Christ and Violence (Wipf & Stock, reprinted 2001), Saving Souls, Serving Society (Oxford, 2005), and I Am not a Social Activist (Herald Press, 2008).