"This exciting new book by Myles Werntz continues to build the increasingly compelling case for religious nonviolence and shows how peacebuilding is not a tangential ‘political’ element in the work of the church, but its central reason for being. Building on a solid foundation in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and focusing on the Vietnam era, Werntz’s work is an ecumenical tour de force—where ‘force’ is not the last word, but peace is. Werntz writes and thinks clearly, and Bodies of Peace is a most welcome contribution on a vital topic of national and international concern."
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
"Bodies of Peace offers a sophisticated yet accessible account of how ecclesiology and ethics are entwined. Christians across the denominational spectrum should carefully consider the insightful lessons Werntz gleans from four significant persons who in different ways nonviolently resisted the Vietnam War. This book makes a valuable contribution for ongoing ecumenical peacemaking efforts into the twenty-first century."
Saint Louis University
"With wars and rumors of war abounding in the world, Christian churches can no longer remain confined to their particular traditions when taking up the question of the relationship between the unity of the church and its stance on war and peacemaking. In his comparative study of Dorothy Day, William Stringfellow, Robert McAfee Brown, and John Howard Yoder, Myles Werntz challenges congregations and parishes to move beyond their denominational boundaries to consider whether the practice of nonviolence as a witness against war is one of the ways the Spirit is healing a divided church. Bodies of Peace would be an ideal textbook for college and university classes on the topic of war and peacemaking."
"Werntz shows that the way Christians think and practice war and resistance to war has everything to do with how Christians think and practice the church. Nonviolent resistance is not just a matter of individual spirituality or theological principles but a corporate practice. Werntz thus fills a large gap in the literature on Christian nonviolence, and he does so brilliantly. His readings of Augustine, Yoder, Dorothy Day, and others show a keen theological mind at work. This is the best book on Christian nonviolence I have read in quite some time."
—William T. Cavanaugh