Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution English

Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution

André Trocmé

215 Pages

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André Trocmé of Le Chambon is famous for his role in saving thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War II. But his bold deeds did not spring from a void. They were rooted in his under­standing of Jesus’ way of nonviolence – an under­standing that gave him the remarkable insights contained in this classic work.

In this book, you’ll encounter a Jesus you may have never met before – a Jesus who not only calls for spiritual transformation, but for practical changes that answer the most perplexing political, economic, and social problems of our time.

This revised and expanded edition includes a concise biography of the author and extensive notes on how contemporary thinkers have grappled with Trocmé’s ideas.

Walter Wink, author, Jesus and Nonviolence
One of the most important writings on nonviolence ever penned. Trocmé not only laid out his principles with astonishing clarity, but he lived them out at great risk. I can think of no better place to begin the study of this timely subject

Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
This book – and especially this newly expanded edition – deserves to be more widely known. Trocmé’s focus saves any account of salvation from pietistic distortion…His comparison of Gandhi and Jesus is also extremely important. 

Donald Kraybill, author, The Upside-Down Kingdom
Trocmé has the prophetic gift of bypassing doctrinal fluff and cutting to the heart of Jesus’ message: a stark call for repentance, love, and socio-economic change. Read him with caution: this book may change your life.

Glen Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary
In a time when the church is being seduced by the concentration of power and violence, this book gives us the ethic we need to remain faithful.

Craig L. Blomberg, Denver Seminary
Plough has done scholars, pastors, and laypersons all a great service by reprinting this classic. Not everyone will agree with every detail, but all will feel the compelling force of Trocmé’s cumulative case. This is a book worth pondering at length.

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ISBN: 978-0874869279


Stylistically, Trocmé, like Soren Kierkegaard, is hardly systematic; he uses the sheer power of his prose to keep his audience reading as he moves from problem to prescription. This singular characteristic, along with Trocme's status as a pastor rather than a professor, keeps his words accessible to fellow clergy like me and, I believe, to any layperson interested in learning from his work. That organic ease of writing and reading does not come with an ease in what is demanded of us: both men are also unyielding to their audiences in their exhortations to wholly and completely follow the risen Christ who promises us life beyond measure and then demands that we seek the same for others. If, in your own walk with God to achieve that monumental task of seeking life for others, you seek another prophetic voice, Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution is a worthy addition to your bookshelf. But consider yourself warned: it will not necessarily make that walk easier for you. Nor, in all honesty, should it.

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Jesus cares nothing about "social Justice" or "this world". anyone who understands the word of God knows that God cares about man's eternity not his present state on this miserable fallen world.

One of the original 1% in his righteous response to the Holocaust. A good companion read is "Lest Innocent Blood be Shed" that gives a vivid account of the miraculous story of La Chambon and Trocme's faithful leadership.

This is a superb book, informed by a lifetime of biblical study, deep thought and heroic acts, that every Christian should read. It speaks authoritatively on issues of war, social justice and the responsibilities of God's people in our broken world. I've shared it with lay and clergy friends, and encourage everyone to do likewise.

As a Progressive Evangelical Christian, who also has a firm commitment to the social justice gospel and the very clear teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ regarding social & economic justice in our world, this book is an excellent resource for both personal study and ministry teaching.