REMEMBERING JOHN HOWARD YODER- Stanley Hauerwas

So in a mode uncharacteristic of Yoder’s way of working, I think it best to end with some of John’s own words. This beautiful and exacting passage, beautiful because of its exactness, comes close to the end of The Politics of Jesus. I believe that what John said in it is not only the heart of his work, but also the heart of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ:

The key to the obedience of God’s people is not their effectiveness but their patience. The triumph of the right is assured not by the might that comes to the aid of the right, which is of course the justification of the use of violence and the other kinds of power in every human conflict; the triumph of the right, although it is assured, is sure because of the power of the resurrection and not because of any calculation of causes and effects, nor because of the inherently greater strength of the good guys. The relationship between the obedience of God’s people and the triumph of God’s cause is not a relationship of cause and effect but one of cross and resurrection.

Stanley Hauerwas was a colleague of John Yoder at University of Notre Dame in the      field of Christian Ethics. He was also a very dedicated friend and this tribute to his friend in First Things  following his death in 1997, is an excellent intro to this incredible advocate for christian pacificsm. TO READ MORE 

How Did The N.T.Church Theologize?

If you have never read anything of John Howard Yoder, for instance his PREFACE TO THEOLOGY: Christology and Theological Method ( Brazos Press,2002), you might enjoy this sample at Religion-on-line.

(From The Use of The Bible in Theology)

The fact that people are tempted to abuse Scripture by calling upon it to support whatever they believe is one of the reasons it is inappropriate most of the time to think that the primary theological debate is about whether the biblical text is authoritative or not. Too many people are affirming its authority by claiming its support for interpretations which a more adequate hermeneutic will reject. The theologian’s task is more often to defend the text against a wrong claim to its authority rather than to affirm in some timeless and case-free way that it has authority.

 

 

 

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