Things Hold Together: John Howard Yoder's Trinitarian Theology of Culture

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As An Anabaptist, John Howard Yoder is often depicted as Christ-centered in his theology but with a creation-deficient approach to culture. In this clearly reasoned study, Branson Parler argues that Yoder advocates a trinitarian theology of culture that upholds the continuity between God's work in creation and in redemption. For Yoder, Jesus' humanity makes him directly relevant to culture while Jesus' divinity connects him directly to creation. Yoder's writings, says Parler, affirm that Jesus restores and ...

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Overview

As An Anabaptist, John Howard Yoder is often depicted as Christ-centered in his theology but with a creation-deficient approach to culture. In this clearly reasoned study, Branson Parler argues that Yoder advocates a trinitarian theology of culture that upholds the continuity between God's work in creation and in redemption. For Yoder, Jesus' humanity makes him directly relevant to culture while Jesus' divinity connects him directly to creation. Yoder's writings, says Parler, affirm that Jesus restores and reestablishes the politics of creation.

In Things Hold Together, Parler joins a growing number of writers from outside Anabaptist or Mennonite traditions who are finding resonance with Yoder, one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836196184
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication date: 10/3/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard J. Mouw 9

Preface and Acknowledgments 11

1 Introduction: Christ, Creation, and Culture 17

2 The Niebuhrs on Christ, Creation, and Culture 39

3 God's Word and Our Words: Yoder and the Creeds 75

4 Yoder's New Testament Christology 101

5 The Power of Jesus and the Politics of Creation 133

6 "From the Beginning It Was Not So": The Sword-Bearing State 169

7 The Spirit Pioneering Culture 193

8 Conclusion 227

Bibliography 233

Subject Index 249

Scripture Index 259

The Author 263

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