A Faith Not Worth Fighting For
There are so many reviews online and many more coming out in journals of A Faith Not Worth Fighting For that it is hard to keep up. One thing is sure, anybody interested in knowing what the book is about and what a wide range of people think about the book, should have no problem finding reviews. If we have missed any, or there are new reviews, please don’t hesitate to let us know about them through the contact page or the comments.
- Myles Werntz has posted a review at Englewood Review of Books, stating that the book makes a good resource for undergraduate courses and congregational book study.
- Andy Goodliff has posted his review saying it is “a good book, an important book.”
- Caleb Coy is doing a chapter-by-chapter review!
- Fr. John Dear, one of the book’s authors, gives his opinion about why the book is so helpful to readers.
- David Hershey explains why the book makes him repect and come closer to pacifism, even though he he still not convinced that Christian discipleship requires it.
- James McCarty has a good review, and suggests that readers not read the book in the order the chapters are listed.
- Chris Grataski writes in his review at Jesus Radicals that the authors “offer refreshingly mature explorations of the diverse possible responses to questions like these.” His review engages with a few of the chapters while offering helpful interpretations, and offers an over all hermeneutic for the book that does not seek “answers” but “responses.” It is a review well worth reading in its own right.
- Another nonpacifist reads the book, giving it high marks!
- David Swanson writes in his review that “This book deserves a wide audience and I’m grateful to the editors and contributors for it. I’ll come back to these essays again as I grapple with the violence in our nation, our city and within my own heart.”
- Ted Grimsrud, who wrote a blurb for the back of the book writes that “I am not aware of any other single, relatively short, volume that tries to address as many challenges to pacifism. Several of the essays make particularly excellent contributions to the task of defending pacifism, and all the essays are well worth reading.” He goes on to offer brief thoughts on the structure and promises engagement with several specific essays in further posts.
- Kurt Willems writes a kind review and recommendation at The Pangea Blog. He writes “There is no other book that I would put into the hands of someone wrestling with nonviolence than [A Faith Not Worth Fighting For]. The reason is that I’m convinced that this book contains thorough-yet-concise reflections on the questions all of us ask in a format that is academic-yet-accessible. Each chapter is rich with kingdom insights that will pay higher dividends than if you had invested the cost of the book into stocks or bonds.”
- How am I not in this book?, asks Jonathan Fitzgerald in his review at Patrol Magazine. Fitzgerald writes, “The sum of the parts of A Faith Not Worth Fighting For aims to convince readers that Jesus’ teachings indeed call us to a life of nonviolence, and maybe it will. It’s hard for me to say because as I read through I nodded my head in agreement and uttered the occasional ‘Amen.’”
- Zack Hunt, writing at his blog the American Jesus, says of the book that “there is no hyperbole intended when I say A Faith Not Worth Fighting For edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer is one of the most personally challenging books I have ever read.” He goes on to say that the questions of whether we should take Jesus seriously and whether we believe in the resurrection “seriously challenged me to reexamine my long held just war position.”
- Mennonite Weekly Review had Tom Airey write a short review. He writes, “Overall, the book is a highly inclusive work with a Christological account of nonviolent resistance. Both men and women write essays, and a variety of denominations are represented. “
- JR Forasteros writes at his blog, “A clear, humble and grace-filled resource. Because it’s so deeply personal and theological, A Faith Not Worth Fighting For is a treasure.”
- Craig Watts posted a review at the Disciples Peace Fellowship site, writing, “This fine collection deserves to find a wide readership. The authors take seriously the questions asked by the critics of Christian pacifism. I hope that those same critics will give an honest hearing to these thoughtful responses.”
- Being TC offers a review of Greg Boyd’s chapter “Does God Expect Nations to Turn the Other Cheek?”