Entering a field of ongoing controversy, this book dares to offer a new
model or vision—defenseless Christianity—for understanding Anabaptism,
both present and past. An Anabaptism defined as defenseless
Christianity should be seen as a nonviolent Christian movement with a
world-reconciling theology despite the fact that some first-generation
Anabaptists were not pacifists.
Comment: "I've been
interest the important work being done by Denny Weaver and others on
violence in relation to our understandings of God, atonement, and
eschatology. I've also been watching, with joy, the growing rediscovery
of the nonviolent heritage of the Radical Reformation. So I
enthusiastically await the release of Defenseless
first reaction on reading Defenseless
was, 'Them’s fightin’ words!' On further reflection, I’m gratefel for
the gift Weaver and Mast have offered by provocatively addressing a
host of issues in Anabaptist historiography and theology on behalf of
21st-century communities of Christ’s followers."
"My hope is
that God uses this book to call Anabaptists along with other
Jesus-followers back to the beautifully foolish, enemy-loving,
cross-bearing center of our faith."
"This book does not only
present the peaceful Anabaptist-Mennonite vision for the church but
issues a compelling call to faithful living."
"Mast and Weaver offer a
persuasive, urgent, and provocative call
for all who follow the way of Jesus Christ to embrace the practice of
defenseless, nonviolent Christianity." More.
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Market: Church and thought leaders; pastors; college, seminary, or graduate students; theologians; scholars; anyone interested in defenseless-Christianity theology, ethics, and polity.
Shelving: Anabaptist-Mennonite thought; Anabaptist-Mennonites—history, doctrine, ethics; Peace church; History—of Reformation and sixteenth-century Europe; Nonresistance, Nonviolence, Pacifism. BISAC: History, Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics
The Authors: Gerald J. Mast is Professor of Communication at Bluffton University and author of Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion. His speaking and writing has addressed a variety of topics related to Anabaptist persuasion, including peace rhetoric, the Amish in American culture, martyrdom, and Christian vocation. He serves as vice-chair of The Mennonite magazine board and as editor of Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. J. Denny Weaver, editor of the C. Henry Smith Series, has written four other books and many shorter contributions, co-edited a book with Mast, and is a frequent speaker in a variety of academic and church settings. His foreign experience includes service with Mennonite Central Committee, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and short-term teaching in Kenya and Congo
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