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Summary: This concise book addresses the impact of Jesus on the practice of conflict resolution interventions, such as restorative justice, peacebuilding. mediation, and trauma healing. Those who claim to be Christ’s followers must ask, What is the Jesus Factor in justice and peacebuilding? 

"If you are a Christian interested in peace, if you are a Christian justice or peace practitioner, if you are Buddhist or Hindu or Jewish and interested in understanding connections between your own faith and Christian approaches to peace—then this book is for you. —Howard Zehr, Professor of Restorative Justice, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, in the Foreword

"This book asks—and answers—all the questions that rumble in the back of my mind as I think about how to be faithful to my religious tradition while working side by side with people of many different faiths to engage in building peace. The book truly meets the practitioners of peacebuilding halfway—addressing our dilemmas, theories, and tactics with theological rigor." —Lisa Schirch, Director, Partners Advancing Human Security; Professor of Peacebuilding, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

"This compact volume speaks to the many factors of Jesus' practical relevance for the challenges of contemporary peacemaking. In the spirit of such peacemakers as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Kraus presents a christocentric vision as both a corrective to Christian ideologies that have rendered Jesus irrelevant or condoned violence as a means to peace and as a bridge to other faith traditions through the very kind of dialogical process needed for others to consider Christianity a genuine partner for peacemaking in the world today. Perhaps unintended, his approach—identifying and addressing the most critical questions along the way—is itself a model of intercultural peacebuilding for practitioners of conflict transformation everywhere. Kraus has made a valuable contribution to the field." —Larry Dunn, Associate Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University

Market: High school, college, and seminary students; congregational study groups; anyone interested in a provocative call to take seriously the "Jesus Factor" in justice and peacebuilding.

Shelving: Peace; Peacemaking; Nonviolence; Discipleship—Christian; Theology—Anabaptist, Mennonite. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: C. Norman Kraus is professor emeritus of Goshen College, Goshen Indiana. A Mennonite theologian and peace advocate with considerable cross-cultural experience, he has lectured and taught at colleges and seminaries in America, India, Kenya, Japan, and Australia. His most recent books include An Intrusive Gospel? (InterVarsity Press), To Continue the Dialogue (Cascadia), and Using Scripture in a Global Age (Cascadia).

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Potential Copublisher: None
Publication date: August 15, 2011; copies available July 2011
Tentative Pages: 126 with notes
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $12.95 US/Can. ISBN 13:  978-1-931038-83-6; ISBN 10: 1-931038-83-X

 

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