Ever since Clark Pinnock taught
an interterm course in 1975 at Regent College, entitled “The Politics
of Jesus”, for close to half of my life, I have been drawn to the
nonviolent Cross of Jesus. Pinnock later taught a full-semester
course by the same title, based upon a then recent publication by Mennonite
theologian John Howard Yoder, The Politics of
Jesus (1972 & 1994), that theologian Stanley Hauerwas believes
is the most important publication on ethics of the twentieth century.
What do I mean by “violence” in this talk? A very succinct definition is given in Marjorie Suchocki’s The Fall To Violence (1994): “… at its base, violence is the destruction of well-being (Suchocki, 1994, p. 85, italics added.)” Violence is the destruction of well-being.