Lived Theologies of Nonviolence in Conversation with the Doctrine of the United Methodist Church
Conversations surrounding difficult moral issues like war and peace still occur in many faith communities. The United Methodist Church is no exception, as some followers remain devoted to nonviolence in spite of the many traditional doctrines already accepted by the community at large.
In Practicing Discipleship, author Nicole Johnson interviews twelve of these United Methodists committed to a nonviolent theology to understand how they defend and practice their convictions. Her analysis reveals a lived theology rooted in Scripture; nonviolence is seen as central to the life and teachings of Christ. While the traditional Methodist teachings are affirmed by the interviewees, they aim to garner more support and education on nonviolence as a faithful option for Christians. Penned for the church committed to serious discipleship, the publication continues the dialogue on nonviolent ethics amidst today’s violent landscape.
Reviews and endorsements of the book include:
“Through an exploration into the lived theology of United Methodist Christians committed to nonviolence, Johnson draws us in a winsome way into the lives, beliefs, and practices that undergird such commitment and challenge all churches to take seriously their moral authority–a good read toward constructive dialogue around a difficult issue.” —Rodney Petersen, Executive Director, The Boston Theological Institute
“This study brings reflections and experiences of United Methodists committed to non-violence into conversation with the rather complex, ambiguous teachings of the United Methodist church . . . I believe that the actual stories and reflections of those who have come to this commitment, sometimes struggling with their church in the process, will be challenging and inspiring to a readership interested in peace and justice issues, church and society, and spiritual formation. While the research clearly focuses on United Methodists, the topic will resonate with and be interesting to a broader readership.” —Claire Wolfteich, Associate Professor, Boston University School of Theology
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