Ted Grimsrud

PACIFISM

Here are links to various of my writings (and a few others) on this website that directly address issues related to pacifism.

A list of blog posts on pacifism

Presentations and publications since 2010:

“The New Testament as a Peace Book.” Lecture at the University of Pikeville, November 12, 2013.

“The Old Testament as a Peace Book.” Lecture at the University of Pikeville, November 11, 2013.

Proclaiming Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume 2: Sermons and Blog Posts. Peace Theology Books, 2013.

Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. Cascade Books, 2013.

Writing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume 1: Short Articles. Peace Theology Books, 2012.

“Thinking Morally (and Theologically) About World War II.” Lecture at Bluffton University, October 25, 2011.

“Pacifist Reflections on the Just War Tradition.” Lecture at James Madison University, October 5, 2011.

“Biblical Apocalyptic: What is Being Revealed?” in Ted Grimsrud and Michael Hardin, eds., Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011), 3-27. [A pacifist approach to Revelation, et al]

Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism,” Conrad Grebel Review 28.3 (Fall 2010), 22-38.

Christian Pacifism in Brief,” in Christian Early and Ted Grimsrud, eds., A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010), 1-21.

Old Testament Bases for Christian Peace Theology.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Nov. 1, 2010.

Pacifism with Justice: The Biblical and Theological Case: These are chapters making up a prospective book.

(1) Introduction: Defining Pacifism

(2) A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace

(3) The Old Testament Peace Vision

(4) Healing Justice: The Prophet Amos and a “New” Theology of Justice

(5) Salvation in the Prophets, Salvation in Jesus: Mercy, Not Retribution

(6) Pacifism and the Story of Jesus

(7) Jesus’ Confrontation with Empire

(8 ) Christian Pacifism and New Testament Understandings of the Death of Jesus

(9) Romans 13: An Interpretation

(10) Revealing a New World: Power According to Biblical Apocalyptic

(11) The Justice of God in the Book of Revelation

(12) Theology, Retribution, and the Ways of Peace

(13) Theology and Restorative Justice

(14) The Theological Roots of Violence Against Children

(15) A Pacifist Critique of the Modern Worldview

(16) Are Human Beings Violent by Nature?

(17) Pacifism and Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Epistemology

Reading List

Miscellaneous essays:

Is Pacifism Ever an Idol? [Sermon preached at Shalom Mennonite Congregation, Harrisonburg, VA, May 17, 2009]

A Christian Pacifist Perspective on War and Peace [Paper presented to conference on religion and peace, James Madison University, April 2005]

Is God Nonviolent? [This essay was published in Ted Grimsrud, Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the Twenty-First Century, 2007]

Civilian Public Service and Mennonite Pacifism [This essay was published in Ted Grimsrud, Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the Twenty-First Century, 2007]

A Pacifist’s Reflections After September 11 [An article published in The Mennonite, October 2, 2001]

Is the Book of Revelation a Resource for Peacemaking? [An article published in Gospel Herald, January 21, 1992]

Not a “Good War”: Thoughts on World War II [An article published in The Mennonite, June 13, 1995]

Pacifism is a Gift From God [An article published in Gospel Herald, February 1, 1994]

Just War Thought: A Pacifist Analysis [This essay was written in 1986 as a comprehensive exam at the Graduate Theological Union. Slightly updated, January 2009]

Restoring Wholeness: The Alternative to Vengeance [Chapter from a forthcoming book on the theological bases for restorative justice]

The Bible and Pacifism

Chapters from a prospective book

  1. This will become a GREAT book.

  2. […] Pacifism in Brief” and “Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism” (these both may be found here). So, I remain as committed to pacifism as ever. So, why would pacifism not play a central role in […]

  3. […] How this fundamental commitment to Christian pacifism works (again, “Christian pacifism” as shorthand for Jesus’s teaching in response to the question about eternal life and his understanding of the message of the law and prophets, and how that teaching is summarized by Paul in Romans 13:8-10 and John in 1 John 4:21) is like this: We start with a self-awareness of Jesus’s love command as a core conviction and then we address possible “scenarios” where “real life happens” in light of that conviction. [I develop these thoughts further in an essay, "Core Convictions for Engaged Pacifism"; here's a link to a list of my writings on pacifism.] […]

  4. These look great, Ted. Maybe you can help me with something: As an ELCA Lutheran pastor, I find myself once again in a militaristic congregation that lifts up war veterans and stands flags in the Chancel. Any advice on how to honor some strong, long-standing, and passionate feelings without becoming offensive? i want to help people who want to honor their relatives and ancestors without praising them for participating in violent action in the name of God…I’m currently riding the fence and pacifying myself with the idea of “loving the sinner, but hating the sin” but I don’t feel completely at ease with this either. I don’t want to anger people and dismiss their intentions but I do want to point to a way of Christian peace and faithfulness.
    Barry

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