"[T]here has been an influx of recent books on Yoder that has ensured that the significance of his work will continue to be engaged. Most of those books try to help us better understand Yoder. Martens tries to help us understand what may be some troubling trajectories associated with Yoder's work. He has, therefore, written a book that all who are concerned with the significance of Yoder's work must take seriously. I confess I remain unconvinced by some of Martens' criticisms. Nonetheless, this is a book that should be taken seriously."
Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics
Duke Divinity School
"[S]ince his death, the swell of interest in John Howard Yoder's contributions to Christian ethics--as seen in the many constructive appropriations of his work--has shown no signs of dissipating. Dispersion, however, is finally surfacing with Paul Martens' rather unorthodox reading of Yoder. . . . By carefully identifying and critically examining in Yoder's corpus a trajectory toward practices and politics and away from beliefs and creeds, Martens offers a provocative-and I think helpful-argument that should stimulate and inform future waves of scholarship about or indebted to Yoder."
Associate Professor of Theological Ethics
Saint Louis University
"Among the excellent studies of Yoder published in recent years, this one stands out for its controversial yet well-argued thesis. Like Yoder himself, Martens conceals his considerable knowledge in a lively style and dislodges fixed assumptions with a light touch. This book ensures that in his legacy Yoder will remain as resistant to assimilation as he was in his lifetime, and no one with a stake in that legacy can afford to ignore it."
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Theology
University of Notre Dame
"This is a soul-wrenching book . . . for its author above all. John Howard Yoder measured his Church and our world with unyielding measures of reason and of witness. In The Heterodox Yoder, Paul Martens holds the words of his beloved John Yoder up to the same measure. No reading or discussion of Yoder will remain untouched by the results."
Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies
University of Virginia
"Building on a persuasive account of key shifts in John Howard Yoder's thinking, Paul Martens advances a provocative and refreshing thesis: Yoder's account of the particularity of Jesus Christ as ethical is, ultimately, heterodox. Yet, rather than reject him, Martens asks how critical engagement with Yoder might nevertheless help Christians resist the many temptations of modernity. The Heterodox Yoder is a lively and important book."
--Jeremy M. Bergen
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology
Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo