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Books by John Howard Yoder
- The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 1994 (also simplified summary by Nathan Hobby with James Patton)
- What would you do? a serious answer to a standard question. Herald Press, 1992. (Tyndale ebook)
- For the Nations: Essays Evangelical and Public. Eerdmans, 1997.
- (with M. Cartwright). The Royal Priesthood: Essays Ecclesiological and Ecumenical. Herald Press, 1998 (Tyndale ebook)
- (with T.L. Shaffer). Moral Memoranda from John Howard Yoder: Conversations on Law, Ethics and the Church between a Mennonite Theologian and a Hoosier Lawyer. Wipf and Stock, 2002.
- The War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking. Ed. Glen Harold Stassen, Mark Thiessen Nation. Brazos, 2009.
- Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution. Eds. Theodore J. Koontz, and Andy Alexis-Baker. Brazos, 2009.
- Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism. Rev'd ed. Herald Press, 1992. (Tyndale ebook)
- Discipleship as Political Responsibility. Trans. T. Geddert. Herald Press, 2003. (Tyndale ebook)
- Preface to Theology: Christology and Theological Method. Brazos, 2002.
- The End of Sacrifice: The Capital Punishment Writings of John Howard Yoder. Ed. J. C. Nugent. Herald Press, 2011. (Tyndale ebook)
- Theology of Mission: A Believers Church Perspective. Eds. Gayle Gerber Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker. IVP, 2014. (Tyndale ebook)
Articles Written by Yoder
- "Sacrament as a Social Process: Christ the Transformer of Culture," Theology Today 48, no. 1 (April 1991): 33-44.
- "The Christian's Declaration of Independence," Christian Living (July 1955): 27.
- “Nonconformity and the Nation,” Christian Living (Feb. 1955): 8–9, 25, 33.
- “The Things That Are Caesar’s: Part 1,” Christian Living (July 1960): 4–5.
- “The Things That Are Caesar’s: Part 2,” Christian Living (Aug. 1960): 14–17, 39.
- “The Things That Are Caesar’s: Part 3,” Christian Living (Sept. 1960): 16–18.
- “Why I Don’t Pay All My Income Tax,” Gospel Herald (Jan. 22, 1963): 81, 92.
- “The Biblical Mandate,” Post American 3, no. 3 (April 1974): 21–25.
- “The Limits of Obedience to Caesar.” Unpublished document from General Conference Mennonite Commission on Home Ministries study on whether denominational agencies should support their employees’ tax objection, June 1978.
- “Can There Be a Just War?,” Radix 13, no. 2 (Sept.–Oct. 1981): 3–9.
- “Cleansing the Temple,” Epiphany: A Journal of Faith and Insight 4 (Spring 1984): 16–18.
- “Peacemaking Amid Political Revolution.” Unpublished paper, available at Associate Mennonite Biblical Seminary (n.d.).
- "Einfachere Einheit für knappere Zeiten," in: Ökumene: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen heute. Karlfried Froehlich and Oscar Cullmann, eds. Mohr Siebeck, 1982. Pp. 107-111.
- [Syllabus] "Ecclesiology in Missional Perspective," Associated Mennonite Seminary, Fall 1983 (first taught in 1973).
- "Jesus--A Model of Radical Political Action; Three Unfinished Pilgrimages," in: Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture. D. Neville, P. Matthews, eds. Australian Theological Forum, 2003. Pp. 163-170; 126-136.
- "The Use of the Bible in Theology," in Robert K. Johnston, ed., The Use of the Bible in Theology: Evangelical Options. John Knox, 1984. Ch. 6.
- "Living the disarmed life," in: A Matter of Life and Death: A Study Guide for Churches on the Nuclear Arms Race (Washington: Sojourners, 1981), 40-43.
- "Civil Religion in America: A Radical Protestant Perspective," in: Images of Man: Studies in Religion and Anthropology. J.W. Angell and E.P. Banks, eds. Mercer, 1984. Ch. 1, pp. 1-24.
- "Toward a Sifting of Faith from Culture," in: Mennonite Life XIX, no. 1 (January 1964): 36-39.
- "Les Troubles Aux Pays-Bans Dans Le Miroir Strasbourgois," in: Dutch Dissenters: A Critical Companion to Their History and Ideas, with a Bibliographical Survey of Recent Research Pertaining to the Early Reformation in the Netherlands. Irvin B. Horst, ed. Brill, 1986. Pp. 117-126.
- "Just War Tradition: Is it Credible?," The Christian Century (March 13, 1991): 295-298.
- "The Authority of Tradition," in: From Christ to the World: Introductory Readings in Christian Ethics. W.G. Boulton, et al., eds. Eerdmans, 1994. Pp. 91-101 (from Yoder, The Priestly Kingdom).
- "Primitivism in the Radical Reformation: Strengths and Weaknesses," in: The Primitive Church in the Modern World. Richard T. Hughes, ed. Univ. of Illinois, 1995. Ch. 4, pp. 74-97.
- "Karl Barth: Post-Christendom Theologian," presented to the Karl Barth Society; Elmhurst IL, June 8, 1995 (unpublished).
- "Is There Such a Thing as Being Ready for Another Millennium?," in: The Future of Theology: Essays in Honor of Jürgen Moltmann. M. Volf et al., eds. Eerdmans, 1996. Pp. 63-72.
- "On Not Being in Charge," in: War and Its Discontents: Pacifism and Quietism in the Abrahamic Traditions. J.P. Burns, ed. Georgetown Univ., 1996. Pp. 74-90.
- "Noah`s Covenant, the New Testament and Christian Social Order [re: Death Penalty]," in: The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies. Hugo Adam Bedau, ed. Oxford, 1998. Ch. 31, pp. 429-444.
- "Walk and Word. The Alternative to Methodologism," in: M. Beaty et al., eds., Christian Theism and Moral Philosophy. Mercer, 1998. Pp. 181-198.
- "The Prophet Dissent of the Anabaptists," in: The Recovery of the Anabaptist Vision, ed. G. Hershberger. Herald Press, 1957. Pp. 93-104.
- "Introduction," Eberhard Arnold: God`s Revolution: Justice, Community, and the Coming Kingdom: Bruderhof. 2nd ed. John Howard Yoder, ed. Plough, 1997. Pp. xiv-xxxiii.
- "Anabaptist Law Schools: Thomas L. Schaffer in Conversation with John Howard Yoder," in: Faith and Law: How Religious Traditions from Calvinism to Islam View American Law. R.F. Cochran, ed. NYU, 2007. Ch. 4, pp. 64-76.
- "The Peace Issue from a Historic Peace Church Perspective," InterSeminarian. April 1-2, 1965. 32 pp.
- "University Christian Movement: Lutheran Student Association '67 Ashram Introductory portion of paper: Theology No. 2". Aug 28, 1967.
- "Thinking theologically from a Free-Church perspective," in: Doing Theology in Today's World: Essays in Honor of Kenneth S. Kantzer. John Woodbridge, Thomas E. McComiskey, eds. Zondervan, 1991. Ch. 9, pp. 251-265.
- See Notre Dame University`s important collection of 54 unpublished essays by Yoder.
- See Mennonite Church USA scanned archival materials; including audio recordings.
Letters and Memos by Yoder
- "The Search for a Nonresistant Historiography," Unpublished memo. Dec. 21, 1965.
- "Gospel and Revolution." Unpublished memo. Sept. 30, 1966. Pp. 9.
- War tax correspondence. To Walton Hackman, MCC. Nov. 6, 1967. P. 1.
- War tax correspondence. To Walton Hackman, MCC, and Stanley Bohn, Nov. 27, 1967. Pp. 2.
- War tax correspondence. To George R. Brunk, Jr., and Norman Kraus, Dec. 19, 1967. Pp. 5.
- "Fuller Definition of 'Violence." Unpublished memo. March 28, 1973. 7 pp.
- "Was Jesus a Political Person?" Chapel Address, October 22, 1973. 4 pp.
Books on John Howard Yoder
- Bergen, Jeremy, and Anthony Siegrist, eds. Power and Practices : Engaging the Work of John Howard Yoder. Herald Press, 2009 (Access to full-text ebook forTyndale students).
- Bretschmann, Dorothea. Bowing before Christ-Nodding to the State? Reading Paul Politically with Oliver O'Donovan and John Howard Yoder. Doctoral dissertation, Durham University, 2012.
- Carter, Craig A. The Politics of the Cross: The Theology and Social Ethics of John Howard Yoder. Eerdmans, 2001 (see original doctoral dissertation as pdf).
- Collier, Charles. A Nonviolent Augustinianism?: History and Politics in the Theologies of St. Augustine and John Howard Yoder. Ph.D. thesis, Duke University, 2008. (Full-text).
- Hess, Cynthia. Sites of Violence, Sites of Grace : Christian Nonviolence and the Traumatized Self. Lexington, 2009.(Access to full-text ebook for Tyndale students only).
- Koyles, John Patrick. The Trace Of The Face In The Politics Of Jesus: Experimental Comparisons Between The Work Of John Howard Yoder And Emmanuel Levinas. Ph.D. thesis, Florida State University, 2009 (full-text).
- Lee, In-Jong. John Howard Yoder on Christian Nonviolence and the Haustafeln. Ph.D. dissertation, Duke University, 2012 (full-text).
- Nation, Mark Thiessen. John Howard Yoder: Mennonite Patience, Evangelical Witness, Catholic Convictions. Eerdmans, 2006 (see also copy 1 and copy 2).
- Ndukwe, Olo. Christian faith and social transformation: John Howard Yoder's social ethics as lens for revisioning the ecclesiological identity of the South Central Synod (SCS) of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (The PCN). Stellenbosch University, 2008.
- Peet, John C. The Politics of the Crucified. A Study of the Political Theology of John Howard Yoder, Leonardo Boff and Jon Sobrino with Special Reference to the Crucifixion. Ph.D. thesis, University of Leeds, 2010 (pdf).
- Park, Joon-Sik. Missional Ecclesiologies in Creative Tension: H. Richard Niebuhr and John Howard Yoder. Peter Lang, 2007.
- Sider, Alexander. To See History Doxologically: History and Holiness in John Howard Yoder's Ecclesiology. Eerdmans, 2011.
Articles, Chapters on Yoder
- Brenneman, Bob. Embodied Forgiveness: Yoder and the (Body) Politics of Footwashing, Mennonite Quarterly Review 83 (January 2009): 7-28.
- Brock, Peter. John Howard Yoder: Are Summaries of Scripture`s Ethical Teachings Necessary?, in: Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture. Eerdmans, 2007. Pp. 42-51.
- Brown, Mitchel. The Jewish—Christian Schism Revisited, Conrad Grebel Review 25, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 44-51.
- Carter, Craig A. Beyond Theocracy and Individualism: The Significance of John Howard Yoder`s Ecclesiology for Evangelicalism, in: The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology. M. Husbands and D.J. Treier, eds. InterVarsity Press, 2005. Ch. 9, pp. 173-187; The Legacy of an Inadequate Christology: Yoder`s Critique of Niebuhr`s Christ and Culture, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXVI, no. 3 (July 2003).
- Coles, Romand. The Wild Patience of John Howard Yoder, in: Beyond Gated Politics: Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy. Univ of Minnesota, 2005. Ch. 4, pp. 109-138.
- Dintaman, Stephen. John Howard Yoder as Historian: On Flushing the Confessional Rabbit out of the Socio-Ecclesial Brushpile, Conrad Grebel Review 24, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 33-49.
- Doerksen, Paul. Review of John H. Yoder`s Anabaptism and Reformation in Switzerland: An Historical and Theological Analysis of the Dialogues Between Anabaptists and Reformers 24, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 81-83.
- Enns, Fernando. Die "messianische Gemeinschaft". Ekklesiologische Aspekte in den Beiträgen von John Howard Yoder, in: Friedenskirche in der Ökumene: Mennonitische Wurzeln einer Ethik der Gewaltfreiheit. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2003. Pp. 156-200.
- Fitz-Gibbon, Andrew L. A Truthful Tale of Messianic Community: John Howard Yoder, in: In the World, But Not of the World: Christian Social Thinking at the End of the Twentieth Century. Lexington, 2006. Ch. 4, pp. 63-96.
- Friesen, Duane K. Toward a Theology of Culture: A Dialogue with John Howard Yoder and Gordon Kaufman, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 39-64.
- Gingrich, Ray. Theological Foundations for an Ethics of Nonviolence: Was Yoder`s God a Warrior?, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXVI, no. 3 (July 2003).
- Harder, Tom. The Dichotomy Between Faithfulness and Effectiveness in the Peace Theology of John Howard Yoder, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXXI, no. 2 (April 2007).
- When the Politics of Jesus Makes a Difference, The Christian Century (October 13, l993): 982-987.
- Remembering John Howard Yoder: December 29, 1927 - December 30, 1997, First Things (April 1998).
- Hays, Richard. John Howard Yoder: Following the Way of Jesus [as a hermeneutical strategy], in: Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation: a Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics, Continuum, 1997. Pp. 239-253.
- Heidebrecht, Paul C. Walking with Yoder toward a Theological Approach to the Automobile from a Mennonite Perspective, Conrad Grebel Review 24, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 59-80.
- Huebner, Chris K. Mennonites and Narrative Theology: The Case of John Howard Yoder, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 15-38.
- Hunsinger, George. Karl Barth and the Politics of Sectarian Protestantism: A Dialogue with John Howard Yoder, in: Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 2001. Ch. 5, pp. 114-130.
- Izuzquiza, Daniel. Athens and Jerusalem, or Bethlehem and Rome? John H. Yoder and Nonviolent Transformtion of Culture. In: Izuzquiza, Rooted in Jesus Christ: Towards a Radical Ecclesiology. Eerdmans, 2009. Ch. 3, pp. 63-86.
- Jecker, Hanspeter. John Howard Yoder’s Contribution to Research on Anabaptist History, Conrad Grebel Review 24, no. 2 (Spring 2006): 50-58.
- Kindred-Barnes, Scott. Keeping Yoder Honest: Assessing the "Disavowal of Constantine" According to the First and Second Degrees of History. Paper presented for the Yoder Project, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, 2007. Pp. 13.
- Klassen, Justin. Augustinian Existentialism and Yoder’s Messianic Politics: Revolutionary Implications of Augustine’s Understanding of Right Worship, Conrad Grebel Review 25, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 52-67.
- Klassen, William. John Howard Yoder and the Ecumenical Church, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 77-81.
- Kroeker, P. Travis. Messianic Political Theology: Yoder contra Redekop. Direction 38, no.1 (Spring 2009): 58-66; see also John H. Redekop, Response to P. Travis Kroeker, Direction 38, no. 1(Spring 2009): 67-78.
- Kumfer, Tim. Between Sojourners and the Simple Way? Rethinking Radical, Evangelical Politics in ’08 with John Howard Yoder, TheOtherJournal.Com 14 (October 14, 2008).
- Martens, Paul. The Problematic Development of the Sacraments in the Thought of John Howard Yoder, Conrad Grebel Review 24, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 65-77.
- Miller, John W. In the Footsteps of Marcion: Notes Toward an Understanding of John Yoder’s Theology, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 82-92.
- Murphy, Nancey, and G.F.R. Ellis. Ethics and Theories of God: John Howard Yoder`s Research Program, in: On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology, and Ethics. Fortress, 1996. Ch. 8.3, pp. 178-201.
- Nation, Mark Thiessen. John Howard Yoder: Mennonite, Evangelical, Catholic, Mennonite Quarterly Review (July 2003); Toward a Theology of Conflict Transformation: Learnings from John Howard Yoder, Mennonite Quarterly Review (January 2006); He Came Preaching Peace: The Ecumenical Peace Witness of John Howard Yoder, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 65-76.
- Neufeld, Alfred. Barth, Yoder and J. B. Toews: My personal search for systematics in theology. Direction 35, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 104-126.
- Park, Joon-Sik. "As You Go": John Howard Yoder as a Mission Theologian, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXVIII, no. 3 (July 2004).
- Penner, Carol. Mennonite Silences and Feminist Voices--Peace Theology and Violence against Women. Ph.D. Thesis, University of St. Michael's College, 2001 (pdf).
- Rashkover, Randi. Further Footnotes on Judaism, Yoder, and Boyarin. Cross Currents (Winter 2007).
- Reimer, A. James. Mennonites, Christ, and Culture: The Yoder Legacy, Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 5-14.
- Ross, Rosetta. "John Howard Yoder on Pacifism." In: Miguel A. De La Torre and S. M. Floyd-Thomas, eds., Beyond the Pale: Reading Ethics from the Margins. Westminster John Knox, 2011. Ch. 22, pp. 199-208.
- Rowell, Andrew. The Ecclesiology of John Howard Yoder: Five Practices of the Christian Community and Mission. Duke University (extended paper for Professors Richard Hays, Allen Verhey and Laceye Warner). Pp. 102.
- Schlabach, Gerald W. The Christian Witness in the Earthly City: John H. Yoder as Augustinian Interlocutor. Pp. 18.
- Slater, Jonathan. Does Yoder throw the Christological baby out with the Constantinian bathwater?. Presented at the Yoder Project, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, 2007. Pp. 16.
- Snyder, C. Arnold. Doing History with Theological Ethics in Mind: John Howard Yoder as Historian of Anabaptism, Conrad Grebel Review 24, no. 2 (Spring 2006), pp. 3-32.
- Veen, Robert. De ecclesiologie van John Howard Yoder, in: Vermaningen. Lulu.com, 2006. Ch. 7, pp. 180-190 (and copy).
- Weaver, Allain Epp. On Exile: Yoder, Said, and a Theology of Land and Return, Cross Currents 52, no. 4 (Winter 2003); John Howard Yoder`s "Alternative Perspective" on Christian-Jewish Relations, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXIX, no. 3(July 2005).
- Wright, Chris. Politics and Pacifism: Chris Wright Talks With John H. Yoder (Interview). Third Way: Towards a Biblical World View 1, no. 14 (July 14, 1977): 7-9.
- Yoder Neufeld, Tom et al. Tributes to John Howard Yoder (1927-1997), Conrad Grebel Review 16, no. 2 (Spring 1998): 93-107.
- Zimmerman, John. Yoder`s Jesus and Economics: The Economics of Jesus or the Economics of Luke?, Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXVI, no. 3 (July 2003).
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