Here's a rough-and-ready teaching tool from today's class. We had already done some work on the social vision of Augustine's City of God, so I used that as a basis for outlining four modern approaches to social ethics:
Except that Yoder becomes more like Niebuhr, seeing more and more analogies between Christian practice and societal manifestations.
On Facebook one of my students pointed out that the description of Yoder is a bit lame. I've amended it to make it (I hope!) less inaccurate.
Weren't both the neo-anabaptists and liberation theology inspired, historically speaking, by Barth? (Obviously, both groups also had other sources for their ethics.)
Fantastic! I love how everybody is subsumed under Augustine, so that when all things are subjected to him, then the [Augustine] himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. I Cor. 15:28.
Where would something like Breuggeman's The Land fit? Or is the typology not meant to take in that kind of thing?
Yoder has always been a wide gate and broad road to Rome's ecclesiological immanentism (and theological immanentism, by dint of its peculiar ecclesiological analogies). It is not a surprise to me at all that Canadian Mennonite University (the halls of which hosted a portion of Yoder's latter professorial tenure) has since become a hub for catholic dialogue.
I'm with Yoder and St. Augustine on this one ;)- The Smiling Pilgrimhttps://thesmilingpilgrim.wordpress.com/
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