A Review of: Jesus Christ Peacemaker, A New Theology of Peace by Terrence J. Rynne, Orbis
Every page of this book contains inspiring revelations about the Christian call to peace and nonviolence. The book’s key points are:
- the new theology of peace,
- the explanation of the historical development of the Church’s attitudes towards violence and militarism,
- the hope that Rynne sees in the Church’s 20th century statements and letters, such as Pacem in Terris, Gaudium et Spes, and The Challenge of Peace, that strongly support nuclear disarmament and restate the early Church’s rejection of violence.
Rynne describes a theology based on the life and teachings of Jesus, one that puts the just war theory in its appropriate subordinate place. “Just war theorists too often engage when war is looming…blissfully unaware of the larger and broader task to cultivate a peaceful world.” Rynne quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who described nonviolence for Christians as “not a mere tactical behavior but a person’s way of being ... [a person] who is not afraid to confront evil with the weapons of love or truth alone.”
The book quotes ancient and modern writers and has an extensive bibliography and index. Jesus Christ Peacemaker would be ideal for a book club.