Abstract

John Howard Yoder’s reclamation of Christ’s law of love as normative for Christian ethics makes important contributions to the field, but this pacifist legacy is tainted by his sexual violence against women. Prominent “witness” and “feminist” ethicists either defend or condemn Yoder, reflecting retributive approaches to wrongdoing. Restorative justice models—with their emphasis on truth-telling, particularity, and communal responses to violence—illuminate common ground between these often antagonistic groups of ethicists, whose specific resources are needed to “do justice” to Yoder’s legacy. Yoder claimed that “Christian identity itself calls for feminist engagement,” but he failed to fully develop this claim in his theology or embody it in his life. By collaborating in such a truly feminist pacifist politics, witness and feminist ethicists not only strengthen their own internal projects with respect to the church’s mission and the promotion of women’s flourishing but also more effectively address sexual violence.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2326-2176
Print ISSN
1540-7942
Pages
pp. 119-139
Launched on MUSE
2015-12-10
Open Access
No
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