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What Would You Do? [Paperback]

By John Howard Yoder (Author)
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In "What Would You Do?" John H. Yoder explores the pros and cons of a nonviolent response to a violent person threatening to harm a loved one. Yoder provides a variety of responses to this classic question including his own thorough ethical analysis and the answers given to this question by such people as Joan Baez, Tom Skinner, Leo Tolstoy, and Dale Aukerman. He also gives a variety of real life stories of people who have discovered alternative responses to violence. John H. Yoder is a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and has a Doctor of Theology Degree from the Univery of Basel. Other writings by Yoder deal with issues of war and peace, Reformation history, ethics, missionary methods, church renewal, and the ecumenical movement.

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What would you do if someone attached your grandmother, wife, daughter (or grandfather, husband, sone)? Yoder explores the pros and cons of a nonviolent response. Expanded edition, 148 pages.

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Studio: Herald Pr
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1994
Publisher   Herald Press
Edition  Expanded  
ISBN  0836136039  
ISBN13  9780836136036  

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More About John Howard Yoder

John Howard Yoder John Howard Yoder taught at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and was later professor of theology and ethics at the University of Notre Dame. He is known especially for his influential book The Politics of Jesus. Glen Stassen (1936-2014) was Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He received his PhD from Duke University. Mark Thiessen Nation (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Matt Hamsher is working toward his PhD in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

John Howard Yoder was born in 1927 and died in 1997.

John Howard Yoder has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Peace Shelf Series
  2. Classics of the Radical Reformation
  3. John Howard Yoder
  4. John Howard Yoder's Challenge to the Church
  5. Theology in a Postcritical Key
  6. Yoder for Everyone

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Answering an unobjective question  Aug 20, 2007
Nice little book, fun and thought-provoking at the same time, easy to get involved in the book to the point that you've read almost the whole thing without notice!

Starts off with Yoder's educated deconstruction of this loaded question, a question that has been asked of pacifists for over a hundred years, perhaps longer. What would you do if....?"

Most of the book then leads off to individual stories by mostly unknown pacifist writers, some with their personal experiences, others with their thoughts on the question. Some are humorous, others are inspirational.

Includes short writings by: Leo Tolstoy, S.H. Booth-Clibborn, C.J. Furness, Henry Hodgkin, Joan Baez, Dale Brown, Dale Auckerman, Tom Skinner, Gladys Aylward, Terry Dobson, Dorothy Samuel, Sarah Corson, Angie O'Gorman, Peggy Gish, Art Gish, Lawrence Hart, and an anonymous American missionary in South America.
A practical response to a hypothetical question  Dec 16, 2003
In this book, pacifists present a variety of ways to respond when you or your family are faced with a violent situation. It is presented in three sections. The first section is an essay written by Yoder to give an answer to this hypothetical situation. He shows that there are more avenues of action than either responding in violence and allowing the violence to occur. The second section presents the responses of others who decline to use violence in such situations. Some of these are funny and others are very serious, but all of them seek alternative means for dealing with the problem. The final section deals with real situations. It shows how people have confronted a violent attack with non-violence and not been harmed. These stories are very touching. This book is for anyone who is considering pacifism or is a pacifist, but can't seem to answer the simple question, "What would you do if..."
Wonderful collection of intelligent writings!  Jun 13, 2001
My father gave me this book as a way to thouroughly explain his pacifism. It did. This is truly an inspiring book and a must read for anyone, on either side of the argument! Get this book today; I promise you won't regret it.
Pacifists Take Note  May 18, 2000
This book is a collection of answers to the age-old question: If a violent person threatened a loved one, what would you do? It is a treasured part of my library because it provides both simple responses (my favorite being courtesy of Joan Baez), and complex discussions of the values shifts necessary to to deny violence in all its forms. You won't come away from this book with a pat answer to a troubling question, but at least you will know there ARE answers.

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