My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yoder is famous for being a pacifist (at least that’s all I really heard about him until reading this book). But, there’s tons of helpful material here besides his pacifist conclusions. Each point he makes is thoroughly documented, with scholarly interaction from the major theologians of the time (late 60s & 70s).
I found Yoder almost as exciting to read as N.T. Wright. His footnotes were often little rabbit-trails of gold.
Refreshing to read as Christians fret about Obama-care and what-not. Yoder points out that Jesus consistently refused to seized political power, and chose to submit to torture and crucifixion. But, through that revolutionary submission to power, he unleashed a Power that ultimately converted the Roman Empire.
Good stuff to remember this Holy Saturday …