Archives for March 2, 2012

Truly caught on the horns of a theological dilemma

When it comes to Christian social ethics I have two heroes, but the problem is they are widely considered antithetical. John Howard Yoder and Reinhold Niebuhr. Much of Yoder's reputation is gained from contradicting Niebuhr. And of course, much of Niebuhr's reputation was gained from contradicting pacifism. Admittedly, the pacifism Niebuhr was against was not Yoder's. He even tipped his hat to Anabaptists as a needed witness. He was against the liberal Protestant pacifism of the social gospel … [Read more...]