Recommended Reading and Videos

The Complete Writings By Menno Simons

Menno Simons (1496-1561) was a former Catholic priest from the Friesland region of the Low Countries who became an influential Anabaptist religious leader. 

The Upside-Down Kingdom January 12, 2018. By Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus Donald B Kraybill

The Upside-Down Kingdom calls readers to imagine and embody the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven. Since its publication in 1978, The Upside-Down Kingdom won the National Religious Book Award and has become the most trusted resource on radical Christian discipleship.

Documentary Review: Patterns of Evidence, The Exodus

Documentary Review: Patterns of Evidence the Moses Controversy

 “America’s War for the Greater Middle East, A Military History,” Random House, April 5, 2016. By Andrew J. Bacevich. Book Review: “America’s War for the Greater Middle East.”

The Early Christian Attitude to War – 1919, By Cecil John Cadoux

Cecil John Cadoux (1883–1947) was a Christian Theologian. Cadoux was a Congregationalist with links to the Quakers. He was professor of New Testament Criticism, Exegesis and Theology and of Christian Sociology at Yorkshire United Independent College at Shipley. Later he became professor of Church History at Mansfield College in Oxford.

War, Peace, and Nonresistance – 1944. By Guy F. Hershberger

Guy F. Hershberger: 1896-1989 was an American Mennonite theologian, educator, historian, and prolific author particularly in the field of Mennonite ethics.

Throughout his work, Hershberger maintained a strict biblicalism.  It was in part due to Jesus’ call to love one’s enemies that Hershberger made one of his most foundational distinctions. He called for Mennonites to practice non-resistance, which is separate from nonviolent resistance. While some would argue for pacifism as a method of combating injustice, Hershberger thought that most nonviolent resistance went too far. He rejected violence but was also deeply skeptical about utilizing coercion. According to Hershberger, strikes, boycotts, and demonstrations often lacked love for one’s enemies. Wikipedia Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia online

“Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried. by Dr. Ronald J. Sider. How Jesus Fights Wars

Swords Into Plowshares – 2015 by Ron Paul

A twelve-term US Congressman and three-time presidential candidate, Ron Paul continues his life-long work promoting peace and prosperity. He founded a new policy institute, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, to advocate for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.

Will the Real Heritics Please Stand Up; A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity -1989. By David W. Bercot

Sex and money scandals. An exploding divorce rate. Drug-addicted youths. And an ever-growing worldliness. Today’s evangelical church is fighting battles on all fronts. And we seem to be losing these battles to the relentlessly encroaching world. Perhaps the answers to our problems are not in the present, but in the past. Because there was time when Christians were able to stand up to world.

No King but Caesar?: A Catholic Lawyer Looks at Christian Violence – 1975. By William R. Durland

William Durland (born 1931) is a U.S attorney, peace activist, author, educator and former member of the Virginia State Legislature. After college graduation he joined the National Security Agency as an intelligence analyst. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1954 to 1957 overseas, and was a Captain in U.S. Army JAG Reserve from 1966 to 1968. Wikipedia.

The Problem of War in the Old Testament – Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1978. By Peter C. Craigie

The predominance of war in the Old Testament troubles many Christians. However it is an issue that must be faced, says Peter C. Craigie, because it has serious ramifications for contemporary Christian attitudes about war. Craigie categorizes the problems into two kinds — personal and external. The personal problems arise from the Christian’s attempt to grapple with the emphasis on war in a book fundamental to faith. Three areas are considered here: the representation of God as warrior; God’s revelation of himself in a book which preserves an extensive amount of war literature; and the seemingly conflicting ethics taught in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The external problems are critiques against the Bible and the Christian faith, based on the war-like nature of the Old Testament and the close association between Christianity and war throughout history. Only by examining and understanding the problem of war in the Old Testament will Christians be able to respond intelligently to attacks on their faith, to educate their youth in the nature of war, and to influence modern attitudes toward war.

War is a Racket, by General Smedley D. Butler

War Is A Racket. WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier. A Biography of General Smedley.

The New Trail of Tears, How Washington is Destroying American Indians, Encounter Books, 2016. By Naomi Schaefer Riley.

Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution, Herald Press, 1973. By Andre Trocme

Silent Night : The 1914 Christmas Truce. by Stanley Weintraub

On Christmas Eve in the early years of World War I, men on both sides left their trenches, laid down their arms and joined in a spontaneous celebration. For a brief time the war stopped, the enemies met in no-man’s land and buried their dead, exchanged gifts and even played football together. The stories of men who were there illuminate the fragile truce, and highlight the happenings that occured as the truce spread. It also tells of the reluctant truth, that they had to re-start one of history’s most bloody wars.

War, Four Christian Views, Intervarsity Press, 1991. Edited by Robert G. Clouse

The Kingdom of God is Within You, by Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy
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The War Prayer by Mark Twain

Mark Twain
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The Politics of Jesus  – 1994. by John Howard Yoder

Tradition has painted a portrait of a Savior aloof from governmental concerns and whose teachings point to an apolitical life for his disciples. How, then, are we to respond today to a world so thoroughly entrenched in national and international affairs? But such a picture of Jesus is far from accurate, argues John Howard Yoder.

INTERESTING VIDEOS

The Greatest Error in History: Christianity Placing Violence Under the Patronage of Jesus. by Father Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

Greg Boyd explains how Jesus fights in Revelation.

Historical Research on Islam by Jay Smith

Dan Gibson’s Documentary.

Dr. Lim tells the story of how he became a Christian.

Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God By Paul Copan. Youtube video.

Ancient Chinese Predicts the Coming of Jesus Kong Hee, City Harvest Church Singapore

Atheist Debates Christian Students, Then Reveals True Identity

2 thoughts on “Recommended Reading and Videos”

  1. I don’t think I have ever read any of the works on your list. And, for that matter, though the issue you have chosen to highlight is very important to me too, it is not one I highlight normally. But it is one I give more than a little thought and attention to nonetheless. Thus your blog appeals to me.

    The little academic exposure I have found most importantly was a book by Lee Camp called Mere Discipleship. Camp, I believe, cited Yoder either as a teacher or at least as a major influence on him, and thus that is the best exposure I have had to Yoder myself… distilled through Camp.

    My heritage is Church of Christ, a splinter branch off the American Restoration Movement of the late 1700’s and 1800’s led mostly by Alexander Campbell. When I was in school, I was required to take a history course on the movement. Mostly not all that useful to me, but with a few important figures standing out. Chief among them, David Lipscomb, for whom Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN is named.

    In our church history, Lipscomb was a stand out preacher and publisher during the American Civil War noted for his preaching against Christians taking part in the fight. At the time Camp published Mere Discipleship, (I do not know if this has since changed) he was teaching at Lipscomb U.

    I have heard it described that the university sits on the land which used to be his home farm. They say the farm was the site of the Battle of Nashville and that it effectively started on one side of the farm and ended on the other. And that Lipscomb remained home during the battle, not fleeing, but rather tending the wounded of both sides.

    There is also a legendary moment in his life during that war when Nathan Bedford Forest, the man who went on to start the KKK, sent a spy to listen to Lipscomb preach in order to determine whether Lipscomb supported the North or the South. The story goes that the spy returned and reported, “I don’t know if he supports the North or the South, but I am sure he is for Jesus.” That is some kind of endorsement!

    Beyond that, I was enthused to read Shane Claiborne’s little book called The Irresistible Revolution… kind of a young man’s memoir, I suppose, documenting his adventures in Christian ministry – mostly serving the poor. However among his many adventures, he went to Iraq during the bombing of Bagdad by the US. He was there praying with the locals for America while my government rained down “shock -n- awe” on those people! Quite a remarkable testimony.

    This about sums up my reading and lecturing on this subject. However it is a source of much reflection in my family and of prayer. I find your blog, which I only recently discovered, to be a wonderful and refreshing read. I expect to explore it more as I am able in the coming weeks.

    Thanx for blogging!

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