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ISBN:0801036305
Author: Ronald J. Sider
ISBN13: 978-0801036309
Title: The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment
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Language: English
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Publisher: Baker Academic (July 1, 2012)
Pages: 224

The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment by Ronald J. Sider



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How early did the ancients know a person was pregnant? Were all abortions in the ancient world late-term? Does that even make a difference. The quotes on abortion were the most interesting, as I appreciated seeing how our forefathers handled this issue; unfortunately, they were also the least discussed, but whenever the issue was mentioned, the ancients' thoughts were often appreciated.

Although conclusion is not altogether new, it has never been so carefully argued, sturdily buttressed, and comprehensively presented. Sider's book turns out to be not only a good source of patristic thought on killing but also a good source of the latest interpretations of those statements. Daniel Eguiluz, Calvin Theological Journal. The greatest area of dispute has been in the whole realm of early Christian participation in wa. .

The book presents readers with translations of material from the first three Christian centuries related to Christian attitudes on killing, arguing that this period is closer to the mindset of Jesus himself than is the post-Constantinian period.

This book provides in English translation all extant data directly relevant to the witness of the early church until Constantine on killing. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included

Here is where Ronald Sider’s book comes into play. Sider’s task was to compile all extant data directly relevant to the witness of the early church on killing (14). And that is what he did. What you find is a book of writings from the early church having to do with killing. Many are very much directly on topic. Others indirectly touch on the subject. What Sider has done is gather these passages into a single volume

Will be of immense value to leaders in any denomination. 320 pages, softcover.

The book contains brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts. The Early Church on Killing will be a helpful text in courses on ethics, theology, and church history. In this volume, noted theologian Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included. The book contains brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts.

What did the early church believe about killing? What was its view on abortion? How did it approach capital punishment and war? Noted theologian and bestselling author Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak in the first of a three-volume series on biblical peacemaking.This book provides in English translation all extant data directly relevant to the witness of the early church until Constantine on killing. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included.Sider taps into current evangelical interest in how the early church informs contemporary life while presenting a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern. The book includes brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts.
Reviews: 5
Coidor
Sider has done an excellent job compiling the earliest material on killing - whether abortion, capital punishment, military killing, or even the employment of military imagery in spiritual/ethical teaching. The material is chronologically collated and his observations are thoughtful and fair. This book stands as a clear warning to anyone who would compromise Jesus' teachings about peace and nonviolence with national calls to war.
SkroN
Sobering views on killing.
DarK-LiGht
if you're interested in reading 1st and 2nd source material on what the earliest Christians thought about killing, war, etc. you'd want to check this book out!
Thiama
excellent sourcebook
Faegal
must read