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Recent work on Yoder

For fans of the venerable John Howard Yoder, make sure to check out the recent review of Radical Ecumenicity: Pursuing Unity and Continuity after John Howard Yoder, edited by John Nugent. The first part of the review, which focuses on the essays on Yoder’s ecumenical thought is excellent, and does a great job introducing the reader to the chapters (and, I should mention, does a great job of briefly pointing out the rather massive flaws in Craig Carter’s rather flimsy piece in the volume). The second part of the review will be by Nate Kerr and will focus on the essays by Yoder that are included in the volume. I suggest that folks stay tuned.


  1. myles wrote:

    thanks for pointing out this, Halden.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  2. Hill wrote:

    I know it’s technically a word, but “ecumenicity” really sounds redundant to me. For my own edification: could someone compare and contrast “ecumenism” with “ecumenicity.” Seems like the noun-ification of a noun.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  3. aew wrote:

    I agree that it sounds weird. If forced to parse, I’d say: ecumenism=movement; ecumenicity=stance or style.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  4. ken oakes wrote:

    Ah the wonders of American…we can verb nouns, noun other nouns, verb adjectives, slang nouns, noun adjectives, faster than a beaver can give a damn. American idiolects are the poor man’s German.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
  5. Josh Rowley wrote:

    Anyone know what led to Craig Carter’s swing to right-wingerism?

    Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  6. Forgetting he should know better and a steady diet of crazy pills.

    Friday, May 14, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  7. dan wrote:

    Yep. I’m pretty convinced that Carter lost his mind about two years ago. I look in on his blog every now and again and that’s the best explanation I can imagine… dude’s gone completely insane.

    Of course, given what I know about his interactions with colleagues, it’s safe to say that his personal arrogance and tendency to abuse power and belittle others based upon academic status BS, suggests that the seeds of this insanity were kicking around for some years prior to its full break out.

    Friday, May 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  8. Chris Smith wrote:

    The second part of this review is now up on the ERB website, including Nate Kerr’s fine piece on the book’s two essays by Yoder:

    Chris Smith
    ERB editor

    Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink
  9. Andy Alexis-Baker wrote:

    Craig Carter’s essay in this volume is just awful. I am reviewing this for a journal. Seriously, it is awful. He gives 6 strategies for reading Yoder. Numbers five and six involve accepting that God may call some Christians to kill (use “lethal force” in Carter’s terms which basically means it is legal violence) and to reject that all Christians are called to pacifism and accept that Neibuhr was right and that pacifism is a vocation for only some Christians.

    He admits that Yoder would not have accepted this but that it is necessary to “save” Yoder from liberalism.

    He’s lost his fucking mind.

    Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  10. Halden wrote:

    It is really just beyond sad at this point.

    Monday, July 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  11. R.O. Flyer wrote:

    It’s awesome, if you ask me.

    Monday, July 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

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