Library hosts author event with David Cramer

Published: March 23, 2022

David C. Cramer, PhD, co-author of A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence (Baker Academic, 2022), at a book release celebration in the AMBS Library on March 10, 2022. (Credit: Rachel A. Fonseca)
David C. Cramer, PhD, co-author of A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence (Baker Academic, 2022), at a book release celebration in the AMBS Library on March 10, 2022. (Credit: Rachel A. Fonseca)

The AMBS campus community gathered in the library on March 10, 2022, for snacks and coffee to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence with co-author David C. Cramer, PhD, Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies, the research and publishing wing of AMBS. Cramer provided introductory remarks and then signed copies for attendees.

In the book, Cramer and co-author Myles Werntz, PhD, present eight streams of Christian nonviolence, featuring lived examples of each stream. This diverse picture of Christian nonviolence moves the academic community beyond an assumption that all Christian nonviolence can be pigeonholed as a single, unified position. It also identifies forms of violence that Christian pacifists have often overlooked in the past, such as sexualized violence and the “slow violence” of climate change.

The AMBS Bookstore sold out of its first shipment of copies after the event; more copies are on their way and can be purchased from the AMBS online bookstore.

Karl Stutzman, MLS, Director of Library Services


A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace (Baker Academic, 2022)

By David C. Cramer and Myles Werntz

From the book description at Baker Publishing

Christian nonviolence is not a settled position but a vibrant and living tradition that includes mystics, feminists, liberation theologians, civil rights activists, Niebuhrian realists and more. This book offers a concise introduction to the variety of recent movements within the broad stream of Christian nonviolence.

Since the 1980s, there has been an explosion of writings on Christian nonviolence, yet no work exists to make sense of this plurality or to orient newcomers to the resources available to think faithfully and critically through what it means to be a proponent of Christian nonviolence. This book provides such an introduction for professors, students, scholars and lay readers. The authors explore the myriad biblical, theological and practical dimensions of Christian nonviolence as represented by a variety of 20th- and 21st-century thinkers and movements, including previously underrepresented voices. They invite readers to explore the tradition and to discover how they might live out the gospel in our modern world.

Available in paperback and e-book formats.


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