Jesus Christ, Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace  -     By: Terrence J. Rynne
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This path breaking book shows how the early church took seriously the "hard sayings" of the Sermon on the Mount and put them into practice even in the presence of violent repression, and, as a result of imitating Jesus' lifestyle, converted much of the Roman Empire to Christ. Jesus Christ Peacemaker: A New Theology of Peace advocates superceding the old debate between pacifism and just war with concepts of peacemaking and peacebuilding.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Orbis Books
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1626980977
ISBN-13: 9781626980976

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Here is a book that truly recovers the original Gospel ethic: Jesus rejected violence for any reason whatsoever. Perhaps our Church will begin again to be a 'peace church' and deserve to hear Jesus announce to us 'Blessed are the peacemakers.'
-Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton

Moving beyond theoretical debate about the morality of war, Terrence Rynne insists that our vocation as Christians is to active, nonviolent, persistent, risky, creative peacemaking and shows clearly how an evolving Catholic theology of peace increasingly reflects that emphasis.
-Marie Dennis,
President, Pax Christi International

Rynne has the uncanny and enviable gift of seeing things with fresh eyes and in the process helps us understand anew time-worn topics such as the just war theory. A more apposite tract for the time can hardly be written. I most strongly recommend it.
-Peter Phan,
Georgetown University

Rich in biblical and historical scholarship Rynne presents a coherent and creative strategy for the church to follow in the way of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
-Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.,
Boston College

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    I did not realize that the just war theory started with Augustine's mentor, Ambrose. Before that and more recently, the Catholic Church's stance on war was Bible-based, specifically Sermon on the Mount based: replace negative action against oneself with positive, love-based action, modeling Jesus's response, then and now. Finding new ways to respond as Jesus did requires prayer and creativity, not a formula. Sometimes the just war theory may have to kick in, but not until other creative ways that deal with causes of friction are exhausted. Reading the book made me look at my own approaches when I am wronged and search for more positive methods. I also became aware of Peace TV and peace Christian denominations. If we don't deal with world problems the way Jesus did, we might not have a world. The only thing I didn't like about the book was its extremely long chapters: I usually stop at the end of a chapter to take a break; with this book I had to stop at the end of a section in a chapter. My mind couldn't focus that long and still digest the message.
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