Peaceable Kingdom Series

The Peaceable Kingdom Series is a multi-volume series that seeks to challenge the pervasive violence assumed necessary in relation to humans, nonhumans and the larger environment. By calling on the work of ministers, activists and scholars, we hope to provide an accessible resource that will help Christians reflect on becoming a more faithful and peaceable people. General Editors of this series are Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York. Volumes include:

Volume I: A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence Edited by Justin Bronson Barringer and Tripp York

Volume II: A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals Edited by Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York

Volume III: A Faith Encompassing All Creation: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for the Environment Edited by Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York (Forthcoming, 2013)

Below is a review from Publisher’s Weekly about the first volume:

A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence
Edited by Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer. Cascade, $28 trade paper (256p) ISBN 978-1-61097-499-8

In this anthology of new essays, theologians reply to such challenges to Christian pacifism as what would you do if someone were attacking a loved one, what about Hitler, and didn’t Jesus chase people from the temple with a whip? By countering common objections to the Christian peace witness, the book endeavors to help both pacifists and nonpacifists alike gain a deeper understanding of how a Christian commitment to nonviolence can be enacted and supported. Especially strong essays include “What About War and Violence in the Old Testament?” by Ingrid Lilly (Western Kentucky University) and “Didn’t Jesus Say He Came Not to Bring Peace, but a Sword?” by Samuel Wells (Be Not Afraid), which combines a close reading of the biblical text with a contemporary illustration of the difference between appeasement and a principled peace stance. The essays are, on the whole, varied, lively, and thought provoking. The book includes an introduction by Stanley Hauerwas (War and the American Difference) and an afterword by Shane Claiborne (Irresistible Revolution). 

“This book addresses the predictable questions posed to pacifists. Having spoken publicly hundreds of times and in varied contexts on pacifism, I know this. However, having read widely on the subject of the Christian faith and violence, I also know that this book is a rare treat. For it offers mature, carefully considered reflections on this standard set of issues. This is almost unheard of; this book is a valuable resource.”
–Mark Thiessen Nation
Professor of Theology, Eastern Mennonite University

A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals Edited by Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker (Cascade Books, 2012).

What is the purpose of animals? Didn’t God give humans dominion over other creatures? Didn’t Jesus eat lamb? These are the kinds of questions that Christians who advocate compassion toward other animals regularly face. Yet Christians who have a faith-based commitment to care for other animals through what they eat, what they wear, and how they live with other creaturesare often unsure how to address these biblically and theologically based challenges. In A Faith Embracing All Creatures, authors from various denominational, national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds wrestle with the text, theology, and tradition to explain the roots of their desire to live peaceably with their nonhuman kin. Together, they show that there are no easy answers on “what the Bible says about animals.” Instead, there are nuances and complexities, which even those asking these questions may be unaware of. Editors Andy Alexis-Baker and Tripp York have gathered a collection of essays that wrestle with these nuances and tensions in Scripture around nonhuman animals. In so doing, they expand the discussion of nonviolence, peacemaking, and reconciliation to include the oft-forgotten other members of God’s good creation.

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“Many good books deserve an enthusiastic recommendation. But only a few merit the stockpiling of a stash of copies to give to anyone and everyone who crosses one’s path. A Faith Embracing All Creatures will be greeted as this latter sort of book by anyone with a heart for creation care. . . . Christians of all varieties will find accessible, creative, and challenging perspectives on a crucial but oft-neglected aspect of their daily discipleship. Animal advocates, Christian or otherwise, will find an indispensable resource for engaging religious audiences. And everyone will find a prophetic call to compassion and justice for all of God’s creatures issued from some of the most influential voices in animal ethics and theology as well as from some of the field’s most provocative newcomers.”
–Matthew C. Halteman
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College

 

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