In the minds of many Christians today, the church is not holy; it is difficult. Yet J. Alexander Sider argues that it is precisely when the church acknowledges its many faults and frailties ― when it patiently confronts its own capacity to betray the gospel ― that its true holiness is made manifest.
In To See History Doxologically Sider probingly examines John Howard Yoder’s eschatology and ecclesiology in conversation with Oliver O’Donovan, Ernst Troeltsch, Miroslav Volf, and others. Sider shows how Yoder’s thought redefines the church’s holiness not as something earned or possessed by its own virtue but as the ceaseless and ever-new gift of God throughout all time.
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Alexander J. Sider is assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University. He is general editor (with Chris K. Huebner and Peter Dula) of the Polyglossia: Radical Reformation Theologies series by Herald Press.Review:
“Alex Sider has produced an extraordinary work, combining brilliant scholarship with a profound challenge to the church. In reading John Howard Yoder, Sider offers the broken, fallible, peccable church the gift of understanding its own brokenness as itself a providential gift. . . . This important book marks Sider as a theologian to be read and heeded.”
― Ben C. Ollenburger
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
“Not just another book on John Howard Yoder, Sider’s To See History Doxologically is unique. Putting Yoder into conversation with figures as diverse as Cyprian, Oliver O’Donovan, Ernst Troeltsch, Gillian Rose, and Rowan Williams, Sider develops an account of holiness that helps us see that holiness is difficult ― but in that difficulty is salvation.”
― Stanley Hauerwas
“A masterful book. . . . Sider makes a significant contribution to our understanding of Yoder’s thought and an even more significant contribution to the discipline of seeing the church always in its concrete particularity ― a discipline rooted in praise of the Lamb that was slain and issuing in practices of repentance, forgiveness, memory, and dialogical vulnerability.”
― Jeremy M. Bergen
Conrad Grebel University College
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