Disarming the Church

Why Christians Must Forsake to Follow Jesus and Change the World

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Eric A. Seibert
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , April
     342 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christopher Morrissey forthcoming.


If Christians follow the Prince of Peace, why do they often behave so violently? What can be done to transform the church so that it looks more like Jesus?

Eric Seibert explores these questions in this important and timely study. He builds a biblical and practical case for living nonviolently in all areas of life and urges Christians to reexamine their most fundamental attitudes toward violence, warfare, and killing.

Through true stories and careful analysis, Seibert demonstrates that it is possible to resolve conflict, correct injustice, and stop oppression without resorting to violence. Many nonviolent alternatives are discussed throughout the book, alternatives that can be used in a wide range of situations, from dealing with an unwanted intruder at home to removing a dictator from power.

In a world filled with so much violence, hate, and fear, alternatives like these are desperately needed.  This book offers hope that a better way is possible, one that has the potential to transform the church and change the world. So read on and join in!

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Eric A. Seibert is Professor of Old Testament. He has training and experience in conflict mediation and enjoys speaking about how to read the Bible nonviolently, in ways that promote peace.  His two most recent books are Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God (2009) and The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testament’s Troubling Legacy (2012). Eric lives with his wife and three children in Grantham, PA.



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