Blessed Are the Pacifists/The Horrors We Bless/Just Peacemaking

It has now been ten years since the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder died. Yoder remains most remembered for his book The Politics of Jesus and for providing a profound grounding for a Christian pacifist alternative to just war theory. Yet at times Yoder employed just war reasoning himself to evaluate the Vietnam War, the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. He also regularly taught courses on the just war tradition. Among his students were ROTC cadets at Notre Dame. He even lectured on just war at Culver Military Academy.


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