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Choosing Against War: A Christian View [Paperback]

By John Roth (Author)
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A new book by a leading writer and thinker. How might Christians look on the world differently if they -- actually! -- believed that God's love was indeed stronger than our fears? In fresh, confessional language, Roth shares his convictions about Christian pacifism, inviting others to consider this possibility, all the while humbly admitting the difficulties. What would happen if Christians assumed that their allegiance to God, their identity with Christ, and their commitment to the church would inevitably lead them to respond to the world's pain differently because of their faith? In the face of violence, are there any options open to the Christian believer other than the "default" impulse toward patriotic unity and a steely determination to exact "an eye for an eye"? A must-read for anyone concerned about the endless cycles of wars and violence, and the possibility that God's love is stronger than our society's current answers.

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From a leading Christian thinker comes a must-read for anyone concerned about issues of violence and justice and the possibility that God's love is stronger than our society's fears.
By a leading writer and thinker. How might Christians look on the world differently if they actually believed that God's love is indeed stronger than our fears? In fresh, confessional language, Roth shares his convictions about Christian pacifism, inviting others to consider this approach, all the while humbly admitting the difficulties.
In the face of violence, are there any options open to the Christian believer other than the "default" impulse toward patriotic unity and a steely determination to exact "an eye for an eye"? A must-read for anyone concerned about the endless cycles of wars and violence, and the possibility that God's love is stronger than our society's current answers.

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  • CBA Retailers - 09/01/2002 page 60
  • Booklist - 08/01/2002 page 1894


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Studio: Good Books
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Good Books
Edition  Original  
ISBN  1561483591  
ISBN13  9781561483594  


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John D. Roth was born and raised in Holmes County, Ohio. In 1989 he received his Ph.D. in Early Modern European History from the University of Chicago. Since 1988 he has taught in the history department at Goshen College (Goshen, IN). In addition to teaching, Roth also serves as the editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review, an academic journal focusing on Anabaptists, Hutterites, Mennonites and Amish. His research and publications have concentrated primarily on topics related to the Radical Reformation. He and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of four children and are actively involved in the life of their local congregation.

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Christ's Message: Love overcomes violence  Jul 29, 2007
The following is an excerpt from John D. Roth's "Choosing Against War, A Christian View":

"...the crucifixion, as all Christians know, is only part of the Easter story. The dramatic climax of the gospel narrative is actually not Christ's death on Good Friday--after all, countless other good people have died cruel deaths. Rather, the main point of the Passion Story, the axis around which the whole gospel turns, is Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. When, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day--just as he told his disciples he would--God announced to the world that the powers of evil and violence do not have the final word. The resurrection was the vindication of God's ultimate triumph of love over the forces of violence."

Roth makes a -solid- approach that is hard to ignore.
 
An Introduction to Biblical Pacifism....and much more!  Aug 28, 2005
I used Roth's book for a class on Biblical Pacifism at a Church of the Brethren. All members of historic peace churches (Mennonite/Church of the Brethren/Quaker) will find this book a welcome addition to their understanding of the biblical mandate for peace and justice. For others, the book offers a fresh and careful look at a minority view within the Christian tradition today. Roth (who has his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is an historian at Goshen College, in Indiana) takes great pastoral concern in the six chapter book, and prefaces what is perhaps the boldest chapter (5--dealing w/ the problems of Christian citizenship) with a chapter on pacifist humility. While this is a simple introduction, it does not shy away from serious themes, as so often can occur in a "primer" that is intended for a broad audience. Roth discusses the idea of worldview at length, and in doing so, some informative insights about the Enlightenment, Nietzche, Modernity, Post Modernity, and American Religious History take place. In "Choosing Against War," Roth is able to reach that broad audience he intended (pacifist, just war theorist, pastor, student, and beyond), without avoiding complex issues and questions. Roth's book is worth owning--for its great prose, simple set-up, and vigorous discussion of not-so-simple subjects.
 
A Must Read for Christians  Jan 3, 2005
This book does to Christian Nonresistance what Stephen Hawkings does to cosmology. It's an easy read laying out important Christian priciples and practical applications. It is a highly challenging topic that I resisted at first, but after reading through my Bible and other authors, I know it's true. This other "review" by someone who hasn't read the book should be ignored, they really ought to read the book themselves, it answers their questions. They make it sound that since some people aren't peacful, we ought not to be either. That contradict's Jesus's teachings. "Blessed are the peacemakers, they are the children of God." This book really is a must read, if you disagree or not. Too many are opposed to pacifism who haven't an understanding of what it really is.
 
W. W.J. D.  May 1, 2003
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK if you believe that the Bible stops at "an eye for an eye".
If you are willing to be challenged by the way of the cross, this book will give you a powerful challenge and inspire you to further growth, both on a personal level as well as on a social and a political level.
The book bases itself on the Bible, particularly on the words and the life of Jesus, with helpful examples of real life applications of the gospel through the ages.
"The resurrection was the vindication of God's ultimate triumph of love over the forces of violence. It guarantees to all those who follow in the humble way of Christ, that in the end -against all odds and contrary to the logic of human reason- Shalom will indeed prevail."
The book is well written and easy to read and would be a good start for any congregation to look at its own position toward the use of force and violence.
The reader from Canada who wrote the one star review above must not have read the book. John Roth does refer specifically to the Old Testament. " The Old Testament story offers a series of powerful hints regarding God's desire to reconcile humans to each other and Himself. But the fullness of God's revelation to humanity is to be found in Christ and the message of the NT gospel. This may seem like an obvious point for most Christians, but it is especially relevant for those who see in the violence of the OT a justification for Christians to participate in war today."
 
A Timely Response  Jan 16, 2003
John Roth has written a theologically sophisticated and yet wonderfully readable book about pacifism as a Christian response to war. While John Howard Yoder is probably the most powerful advocate of the pacifist position, his books are not always accessible to the ordinary reader. Roth, on the other hand, has written a book that should be studied by every Sunday School class in America. He invites us to consider an option many of us have ignored.

This book balances careful theological thought, effective stories and illustrations, a historic survey, and questions of practical application. Roth works hard to support pacifism while rejecting the elitism that often colors many anti-war manifestos. He faces head on the difficult question of how to be a Christian and a citizen. While his position is well articluated, he acknowledges other views without ridiculing them.

My hope, in this time of war and rumors of war, is that many will discover this fine book and share it with their friends.

 

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