Jesus Christ, Peacemaker

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A new theology of peace that renders the just war theory near mute by making Jesus and his teachings the cornerstone of both theory and practice.

"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

Terrence J. Rynne is co-President of the Sally and Terry Rynne Foundation which is dedicated to peacemaking and the empowerment of women, and he is also the founder of Marquette University's Center for Peacemaking.

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Jesus Christ, Peacemaker
A New Theology of Peace
Terrence J. Rynne
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Rynne crafts a compelling presentation of the trajectory of peacemaking in Catholic social thought and action.
I strongly believe this text should be required reading in undergraduate theology courses on war and peace and in programs of peace studies. Rynne has blessed college (and high school) instructors with a text that is very clear, well researched, and most importantly, focuses on the gospel teachings of Jesus about the incompatibility of violence with a life that is called to perisson. Would that the church took Jesus as seriously as Rynne does in these pages.
...A rich text that invites all Christians to reconsider the roots of their religious tradition and to reflect on what those roots mean for their faith in the twenty-first century.
An excellent book that seeks to elaborate a truly Catholic theology of peace. This could serve as a find textbook or resource for courses on peace studies.
Terrence J. Rynne argues that it is time for Christians to return to the teaching of the early church. Rynne's explanations, coupled with his fine overview of the early church fathers, poses some hard questions about whether the embrace of just war thinking is something the church must now reconsider.
... a path-breaking and urgent book.
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