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Polyglossia Series Released at Washington Religion Meeting
Mennonite Church Canada/Mennonite Publishing Joint Release
Scottdale, PA, Waterloo, Ont. — The first title of Polyglossia, a new radical reformation series, will be released at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL) in Washington DC on November 18 to 22.
Herald Press will release A Precarious Peace: Yoderian Explorations on Theology, Knowledge, and Identity by Chris K. Huebner at this meeting of religion and biblical studies scholars. Huebner of Canadian Mennonite University is an editor of the series, along with Peter Dula of Eastern Mennonite University and J. Alexander Sider of Bluffton University.
Gayle Gerber Koontz of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary said the editors are “from an emerging new generation of Mennonite scholars, well-prepared to encourage and evaluate the little developed conversation between Mennonite thought and contemporary currents in theology, philosophy and cultural studies."
The series is intended for conversation among academics, ministers and laypersons regarding knowledge, beliefs and the practices of the Christian faith. The editors noted that Polyglossia grows out of John Howard Yoder’s call to see radical reformation as a tone, style or a stance. The editors welcome titles that emerge out of conversations with contemporary movements in theology, as well as philosophy, literature, political theory and cultural studies. Other titles currently projected are on martyrdom and on Radical Orthodoxy and the Radical Reformation.
Ron Rempel of Mennonite Publishing Network said: “As the publisher for a series of books by John Howard Yoder, we’re pleased to announce the launch of a new series featuring theologians currently developing some of the themes arising out of Yoder’s seminal work.”
Chris Huebner noted that the intent is to move beyond: “liberal and conservative, established and sectarian” categories, and “chart a theological path that is faithful to the call to live without having to control our world or that of those around us.”
Sidebar: Herald Press Fact Sheet
Title of Book: A Precarious Peace
Summary: John Howard Yoder developed an understanding of “non-constantinianism” and a vision of Christian discipleship as involving a cultivation of a “readiness for radical reformation.” This book explores the possibility of a specifically Mennonite theology, problems of knowledge, and questions of identity from a peaceable perspective of unpredictable and gracious gifts given and received rather than a violent longing for possessions owned or territories protected.
Huebner offers a series of theological reflections on peace, as an essentially precarious, vulnerable, and fragile exercise of giving and receiving the good news of God’s gracious and unsettling gift of peace in Christ. His exploration introduces readers to Rowan Williams, John Milbank, Karl Barth, the Radical Reformation, filmmakers, and his grandmother.
“Chris K. Huebner displays John Howard Yoder’s intent to cultivate the patience needed to keep dialogue alive, as he develops a trenchant theological critique of prevailing notions of freedom, culture, and interpretation. In a powerful homage to his mentor, Huebner shows the alternative path of self-criticism needed to liberate a world suffused by religious strategies intent on dominating. There can be no other way once we appreciate that knowledge is not ours to possess but only to seek—with others and through disagreement, as exemplified in the ‘knowledge of Christ.’”
—David B. Burrell, University of Notre Dame
Audience: Pastors, scholars, seminary students, Parish and Congregational leaders, Yoderian students.
The Author: Chris K. Huebner of Winnipeg, Manitoba, teaches theology and ethics at Canadian Mennonite University. He was one of the editors of The Wisdom of the Cross: Essays in Honor of John Howard Yoder (1999)
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