"In these pages one of the 20th century's most important figures in Christian social ethics engages with another over a period of thirty years, with the result that light shines on both. John Howard Yoder's 1970 study of Karl Barth on the problem of war is a classic piece of critical interpretation of Barth's ethical thought, and it remains one of the most searching English-language analyses of his treatment of a particular moral issue and of his 'casuistical' method. It has been long out of print and, like most of the other essays helpfully gathered together in this book, difficult to obtain. Anyone who cares about method in theological ethics, the theological integrity of Christian social ethics, the political witness of the Church, and Christian views of peace and war now owes Mark Thiessen Nation a debt of thanks for bringing this material (back) within reach."
-Nigel Biggar, Professor of Theology at the University of Leeds, England and Professor-elect at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland is the author of 'The Hastening that Waits: Karl Barth's Ethics' (Oxford, 1993, 1995) and the editor of 'Reckoning with Barth' (Mowbray, 1988).
"John Howard Yoder was a theologically rigorous and passionate advocate of Christian pacifism and a perceptive reader of Karl Barth. These attributes were fully displayed in his early book on Barth's ethic of war, now happily reprinted in this new edition edited by Mark Thiessen Nation."
-Gary Dorrien, Parfet Distinguished Professor, Kalamazoo College, and author of 'The Barthian Revolt in Modern Theology' (Westminster John Knox Press,1999).
"In engaging with a world which relies on violence to settle disputes, for which profit is the bottom line, and which idolizes success, no-one is more helpful for Christian life than Karl Barth. And in helping us to understand Barth's true radicalism, in assessing its strength and weakness, in bringing us closer to the true astringency of the gospel, no-one is more helpful than John Howard Yoder. These essays are an addition to that small collection of books which genuinely further Christian discipleship and which address us, and help us address our world, with the claim of Jesus Christ."
-Tim Gorringe, Professor of theology, University of Exeter, and author of 'Karl Barth: Against Hegemony' (Clarendon 1999).
"One of the best ways to enter into Barth's ethics is through a specific topic. No better example of this approach can be found than John Howard Yoder's classic study of Barth's stance toward the problem of war. The original edition of this work is now reissued with a number of supporting essays. In one of them, I have found Yoder's reference to the little-known work of Walter Bense on Barth's early pacifism to be especially useful in charting Barth's complexity and ambivalence toward 'practical pacifism' (and sometimes 'chastened non-pacifism') over the course of his career."
-George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Chair of Systematic Theology, Princeton Seminary, and author of 'Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth' (Eerdmans, 2001) and 'How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology' (Oxford, 1993).
"John Howard Yoder was reading Barth as a political theologian many years before it became fashionable to do so. His vigorous and challenging interpretations - and criticisms - take us straight into the heart of Barth's moral project. These splendid essays are for all who care about a biblical and ecclesial Christian theology."
-Joseph Mangina, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, WycliffeCollege and author of the forthcoming title 'Karl Barth: Theologian of Christian Witness' (Ashgate, 2004).