Christian Perspectives on Conflict Transformation, Nonviolence and Reconciliation
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Titles on this page are included for researchers and others interested in studying diverse Christian perspectives on conflict resolution, nonviolence and reconciliation. Suggestions are welcome. Inclusion of a title is not an endorsement of its theological perspective or its scholarly or practical value. See also the Peacemakers Trust bibliographies on Reconciliation and Transitional Justice, Apology and Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, Religious Perspectives on Conflict Resolution. Christian perspectives are also included in the bibliography on Just War Theories: Philosophical, Religious and International Law Perspectives and the bibliography on nonviolence
Allard, Pierre, and Wayne Northey. "Christianity: The Rediscovery of Restorative Justice." In Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice, edited by Michael L. Hadley, 119-142. New York: SUNY Press, 2001.
Augsburger, David W. Caring Enough to Confront: How to Understand and Express Your Deepest Feelings Toward Others. Ventura, California: Regal Books, 1981.
Augsburger, David W. Caring Enough to Forgive. Ventura, California: Regal Books, 1981.
Augsburger, David W. Caring Enough to Hear and Be Heard. Ventura, California: Regal Books, 1982.
Augsburger, David W. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1992. read a review
Augsburger, David W. The New Freedom of Forgiveness. Chicago: Moody Press, 2000.
Bainton, Roland H. Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-evaluation. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1979.
Bamat, Thomas, and Mary Ann Cejka, eds. Artisans of Peace: Grassroots Peacemaking among Christian Communities. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.
Bartoli, Andrea. "Christianity and Peacebuilding." In Religion and Peacebuilding, edited by Harold Coward, and Gordon S. Smith, 147-166. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2004.
Baum, Gregory, and Harold Wells, eds. The Reconciliation of Peoples: Challenge to the Churches Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997.
Battle, Michael J. Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu. Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 1997.
Bowen, Roger W. "Genocide in Rwanda 1994 - An Anglican Perspective." In Genocide in Rwanda: Complicity of the Churches?, edited by Carol Rittner, John K Roth, and Wendy Whitworth, 37-48. St. Paul, MN: Paragon, 2004.
Brimlow, Robert W. What about Hitler?: Wrestling with Jesus's Call to Nonviolence in an Evil World. Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press, 2006.
Brock, Peter. Varieties of Pacifism: A Survey from Antiquity to the Outset of the Twentieth Century. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1998. read a review.
Brock, Peter and Nigel Young. Pacifism in the Twentieth Century. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press; January 1999.
Brown, Dale W. Biblical Pacifism. Nappanee, Indiana: Evangel Publishing House, 2003.
Brueggemann, Walter. Peace. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001.
Buttry, Daniel L. Christian Peacemaking: From Heritage to Hope. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1994.
Cahill, Lisa Sowle. Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1994.
Chacour, Elias, with David Hazard. Blood Brothers.. Grand Rapids MI: Chosen, 2003.
Chavez, César, 1927-1993. An Organizer's Tale: Speeches, edited by Ilan Stavans. New York: Penguin Books, 2008.
Cox, Gray. Peace New York: Paulist Press, 1986.
Dabler, Judy, and Tara Klena Barthel. Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005.
Dalton, Frederick John. The Moral Vision of Cesar Chavez. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003.
Dawson, John. "Hatred's End: A Christian Proposal to Peacemaking in a New Century." In Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Religion, Public Policy, and Conflict Transformation, edited by Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., and Rodney L. Petersen, 219-243. Philadelphia and London: Templeton Foundation Press, 2001. read an annotation.
Dear, John. Disarming the Heart: Toward a Vow of Non-Violence. New York: Paulist Press, 1987.
Derksen, John. "Nonviolent Political Action in Sixteenth-Century Strasbourg: The Ziegler Brothers" Mennonite Quarterly Review 78 (4)(October 2004): 543-556.
Derksen, John. "Peacemaking Principles Drawn from Opposition to the Crusades, 1095-1276" Peace Research 36(2)(November 2004): 41-58.
Driver, John. How Christians Made Peace With War: Early Christian Understandings of War. Scottdale PA and Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 1988. read a review.
Everett, Glenn D. Hope from the Horror of Hiroshima: The Story of the Japanese Christians Who Survived the Bomb and Their Prayers for Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Lasting World Peace. Rutland, Vt: Academy Books, 1995.
Friesen, Duane K. Christian Peacemaking and International Conflict: A Realist Pacifist Perspective. Scottdale: Herald Press, l986.
Gingerich, Ray, ed. Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006.
Gangel Kenneth O., and Samuel L. Canine. Communication and Conflict Management in Churches and Christian Organizations. Nashville: Broadman Press, 1992.
Girard, René. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning. Translated by James G. Williams. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002. read a review.
Girard, René. Violence and the Sacred. Translated by Patrick Gregory. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1972, 1977.
Gish, Arthur G. Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 2001.
Griffiths, Paul J. Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity. Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press, 2004.
Gwyn, Douglas, George Hunsinger, Eugene F. Roop, and John H. Yoder, eds. A Declaration on Peace: In God's People the World's Renewal Has Begun. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1991.
Hauerwas, Stanley. The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics Notredame: University of Notredame, 1983.
Hauerwas, Stanley. Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Nonviolence. Grand Rapids MI: Brazos Press, 2004.
Hauerwas, Stanley. "Whose 'Just' War? Which Peace?" In But Was It Just?: Reflections on the Morality of the Persian Gulf War, by Elshtain, Jean Bethke, et al., 83-106. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
Howard, K.W. Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2010. See a see a dialogue guide.
Ilibagiza, Immaculée, with Steve Erwin. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Carlsbad CA: Hay House, 2007.
King, Jr., Martin Luther. Strength to Love. New York: Harper & Row, 1963.
King, Jr., Martin Luther, Stride Toward Freedom. New York: Harper and Row, 1958.
King, Jr., Martin Luther, Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community New York: Harper & Row, 1967.
Kraybill, Ron. "The Cycle of Reconciliation" Conciliation Quarterly 14(3)(Summer 1995): 7-8. read an annotation.
Kraybill, Ronald S. "From Head to Heart: The Cycle of Reconciliation." Conciliation Quarterly 7(4)(1998).
Kraybill, Ronald S. Repairing the Breach: Ministering in Community Conflict. Scottdale PA and Kitchener, ON: Herald Press, 1981.
Mich, Marvin L. Krier. "The Challenge of Peace and the Catholic Peace Movement." In Catholic Social Teaching and Movements, 275-312. New London , CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1998.
Leas, Speed B.and Paul Kittlaus. Church Fights: Managing Conflict in the Local Church. Philadelphia:The Westminster Press, 1978.
Leas, Speed B. Moving Your Church Through Conflict. New York: Alban Institute, 1985.
Lederach, John Paul. The Journey Toward Reconciliation. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1999. See
Lederach, John Paul. The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Peacebuilding. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Lenihan, David A. "The Just War Theory in the Work of Saint Augustine." Augustinian Studies 19 (1988): 37-70.
Lloyd, Rhiannon, and Kristine Bresser. "Healing the Wounds of Ethnic Conflict: The Role of the Church in Healing, Forgiveness and Reconciliation." Geneva: Le Rucher/Mercy Ministries, 1998.
Luttwak, Edward. "Franco-German Reconciliation: The Overlooked Role of the Moral Re-Armament Movement." In Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, edited by Douglas Johnston and Cynthia Sampson, 37-63. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Maguire, Daniel C. The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.
Marrin, Albert, ed. War and the Christian Conscience, from Augustine to Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1971
Marshall, Christopher D. Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime, and Punishment. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
Mattox, John Mark. Saint Augustine and the Theory of Just War. New York: Continuum, 2006.
McHugh, Gerald Austin. Christian Faith and Criminal Justice: Toward a Christian Response to Crime and Punishment. New York: Paulist Press, 1978.
Mennonite Conciliation Service. Mediation Training Manual: Skills for Constructive Conflict Transformation. Akron, PA: Mennonite Conciliation Service, 1992.
Meredith, Spencer. "Shared Norms Between Estranged Bedfellows: Christian Just War and International Human Rights" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association 48th Annual Convention, Hilton Chicago, CHICAGO, IL, USA, Feb 28, 2007. Available at http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/8/0/1/3/pages180130/p180130-1.php.
Merton, Thomas. The Nonviolent Alternative. Revised Edition of Thomas Merton on Peace. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1980.
Miller, Melissa A. Family Violence: The Compassionate Church Responds. Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 1994.
Musto, Ronald G. The Catholic Peace Tradition. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1986.
Myers, Ched. Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark's Story of Jesus. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
Niebuhr, Reinhold. Christianity and Power Politics. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1940.
Niebuhr, Reinhold. "The Relevance of an Impossible Ethical Ideal." In From Christ To The World, edited by Wayne G. Boulton, Thomas D. Kennedy, and Allen Verhey, 241-147. Grand Rapids: W.B. Erdmans. 1994.
Niebuhr, Reinhold. The Structure of Nations and Empires. New York: Charles Scribner, 1959.
Neufeld, Tom Yoder. Guilt and Humaneness: The Significance of Guilt for the Humanization of the Judicial-Correctional System. Kingston, Ontario: Queen's Theological College, 1992.
Northey, Wayne. Biblical/Theological Works Contributing to Restorative Justice: A Bibliographic Essay. Elkhart, IN: MCC US Office of Criminal Justice, 1992.
Northey, Wayne. "Justice is Peacemaking: A Biblical Theology of Peacemaking in Response to Criminal Conflict." New Perspectives on Crime and Justice. Issue No. 12. Akron, PA: MCC Office of Criminal Justice, 1992.
Nouwen, Henri, 1932-1996. Peacework. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2005
Picard, C. A., and K.R. Melchin. Conflict Management in a Church Context. Ottawa, ON: Picard and Associates, 1988.
Plunk, Roger. The Wandering Peacemaker. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing, 2000.
Poirier, Alfred. The Peacemaking Pastor: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Church Conflict. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2006.
Posterski, Don, and Michael Pountney. Reconciliation: Seeking Restored Relationships. Monrovia, CA: World Vision International, 2000.
Preston, Gary. Pastors in Pain: How to Grow in Times of Conflict. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005.
Redekop, Vern Neufeld. From Violence to Blessing: How an Understanding of Deep-rooted Conflict Can Open Paths of Reconciliation. Ottawa: Novalis, 2002.
Redekop, Vern, ed. "Scapegoats, the Bible, and Criminal Justice: Interacting with Rene Girard." New Perspectives on Crime and Justice. No. 13. Akron, PA: MCC Office of Crime and Justice, 1993.
Rittner, Carol, John K Roth, and Wendy Whitworth, eds. Genocide in Rwanda: Complicity of the Churches? St. Paul, MN: Paragon, 2004.
Rutayisire, Antoine. Faith Under Fire: Testimonies of Christian Bravery. Essex: African Enterprise, 1995.
Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane. The Anabaptists Are Back: Making Peace in a Dangerous World. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991.
Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane. "Reconciling Injustices: A Process for Indonesia."Islamic Millennium Journal 1 (1) (Sept.-Nov. 2001): 56-62.
Rynne, Terrence J. Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008.
Salzman, Todd. "Catholics and Colonialism: The Church's Failure in Rwanda." Commonweal (23 May 1997): 17-19.
Sampson, Cynthia, and John Paul Lederach, eds. From the Ground Up: Mennonite Contributions to International Peacebuilding. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Sande, Ken, Managing Conflict in Your Church. Includes 8 audiotapes. Billings, MT: Institute for Christian Conciliation, 1993. read a review.
Sande, Ken. The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2003. read a review of the first edition, 1991..
Sande, Ken, and Kevin Johnson. The Peacemaker Student Edition: Handling Conflict without Fighting Back or Running Away. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008.
Schreiter, Robert J. The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998.
Schreiter, Robert J. Reconciliation: Mission and Ministry in a Changing Social Order. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1992.
Schrock-Shenk, Carolyn, ed. Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual: Foundations and Skills for Constructive Conflict Transformation , Fourth edition. Akron,PA: Mennonite Conciliation Service, 2000.
Shriver, Donald W., Jr. An Ethic for Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Sibomana, Andre. "Never Again?: The Church and Genocide in Rwanda." Commonweal 5 (1999).
Smedes, Lewis B. The Art of Forgiving: When you Need to Forgive and Don't Know How. New York, NY: Ballantyne Books, 1996.
Smedes, Lewis B. Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve. New York, NY: Pocket Books, 1984.
Stassen, Glen H. Just Peacemaking: Transformation Initiatives for Justice and Peace. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992.
Stassen, Glen Harold, David P. Gushee, and David A.Schmudde. Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Susek, Ron. Firestorm: Preventing and Overcoming Church Conflicts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999.
Swartley, Willard M., ed. The Bible and Law. Occasional Papers No. 3. Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1982.
Swartley, Willard M. Slavery Sabbath War & Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation. Scottdale PA and Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 1983.
Thomas, Marlin E., ed. Transforming Conflict in Your Church. Scottdale PA: Herald Press, 2002.
Tillich, Paul. Theology of Peace Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press, 1990.
Tsele, Mofele. "Kairos and Jubilee." In To Remember and to Heal: Theological and Psychological Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation, edited by H. Russel Botman and Robin M. Petersen, 70-78. Capetown: Human and Rousseau, 1996.
Tutu, Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness. New York: Doubleday, 1999.
Volf, Miroslav, ed. A Common Word: Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
Volf, Miroslav. The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.
Weschler, Lawrence. A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers. New York: Pantheon Books, 1990.
Whitehead, James D, and Evelyn Eaton Whitehead. Shadows of the Heart: A Spirituality of the Negative Emotions. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1994.
Will, James E. A Christology of Peace. Louisville, Kentucky: John Knox Press.
Wink, Walter. Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992.
Wink, Walter, ed. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Philadelphia: Augsburg Fortress, 2003.
Wink, Walter. Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984. read a review.
Wink, Walter, ed. Peace is the Way: Writings on Nonviolence from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2000.
Wink, Walter. Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986.
Wink, Walter, ed. When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1998.
Winn, Albert Curry. Ain't Gonna Study War No More: Biblical Ambiguity and the Abolition of War. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993.
Yoder, John Howard, and John K. Stoner. Nevertheless: The Varieties and Shortcomings of Religious Pacifism. Scottdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1992.
Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus: Vicit Agnus Noster. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids, MI:Eerdmans, 1994.
Yoder, John Howard. What Would You Do? Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 1992.
Yoder, John Howard. When War Is Unjust. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1996.
Yoder; John Howard, Theodore J. Koontz and Andy Alexis-Baker, eds. Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009.
Yoder, Perry B. Shalom: The Bible's Word for Salvation, Justice, and Peace. Newton, Kansas: Faith and Life Press, 1987.
Zaru, Jean. Occupied with nonviolence: a Palestinian woman speaks. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.
Zehr, Howard. Changing lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1990.
Zehr, Howard. The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2002.
Zehr, Howard. "Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice." New Perspectives in Crime and Justice. No. 4. Akron, PA: MCC Office of Crime and Justice, 1985.
Zehr, Howard, and Harry Mika. Fundamental Concepts of Restorative Justice. Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee, 1997.
Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding: A Selected Bibliography (formerly Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding: A Selected Bibliography). Copyright 1997-2008 Catherine Morris. All rights reserved.