The God of Peace, John Dear’s classic theology of nonviolence, broke new ground when it was first published in 1995 as a breakthrough toward a new understanding of scripture, theology, social concerns and churches issues–looking at them from the perspective of Gospel nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day.
This ground-breaking study begins with the culture of violence, the nonviolence of God, and the revolutionary nonviolence of Jesus. From this start, John Dear explores traditional areas of theology, such as Christology, Trinitarian theology, anthropology, sin, redemption, theodicy, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology, spirituality, liturgy, Catholic social teaching, the ‘just war theory’,feminism, liberation theology and the consistent ethic of life. This text will help university and theology students pursuing the theology and spirituality of nonviolence, as well as ordinary Christians and activists interested in the crucial connection between war and violence, and God and nonviolence. It is the only serious examination of a theology of Christian nonviolence in print today.
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— Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit, Michigan
— Bishop Walter Sullivan, Richmond, Virginia
— Rev. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., New York City