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Book Recommendations

This is an ongoing list of recommended books on the topics of Christian nonviolence, nationalism, and the kingdom of God.

Where to Start:
  • Cramer, David C., Myles Werntz. A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence: Key Thinkers, Activists, and Movements for the Gospel of Peace. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2022.

  • Jones, Tom A. The Kingdom of God - Volume 3: Learn War No More. Illumination Publishers, 2020.

  • Sprinkle, Preston. Nonviolence: The Revolutionary Way of Jesus. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2021.

  • Wink, Walter. The Powers That Be: Theology for a New Millennium. New York: Galilee, 1999.

God and Government / Christian Nationalism:
  • Atwood, James E. America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2012.

  • Atwood, James E. Collateral Damage: Changing the Conversation About Firearms and Faith. Harrisonburg: Herald Press, 2019.

  • Atwood, James E. Gundamentalism and Where It Is Taking America. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017.

  • Boyd, Gregory A. The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

  • Budde, Michael, L. Foolishness to Gentiles: Essays on Empire, Nationalism, and Discipleship. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2022.

  • Burns, Michael. Escaping the Beast: Politics, Allegiance, and Kingdom. Illumination Publishers, 2020.

  • Campbell, Constantine, R. Jesus v. Evangelicals: A Biblical Critique of a Wayward Movement. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2023.

  • Du Mez, Kristin Kobes. Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation. New York: Liveright Publishing, 2021.

  • Hauerwas, Stanley. War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections of Violence and National Identity. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

  • Hicks, John Mark (ed.). Resisting Babel: Allegiance to God and the Problem of Government. ACU Press, 2020.

  • Hughes, Richard T. Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories that Give us Meaning. Second Edition. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2018.

  • Saiya, Nilay. The Global Politics of Jesus: A Christian Case for Church-State Separation. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

  • Whitten, Mark Weldon. The Myth of Christian America: What Your Need to Know About the Separation of Church and State. Macon: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 1999.

  • Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus. 2d Edition. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994.

Historical Christian Nonviolence:
  • Bainton, Roland H. Christian Attitudes Toward War and Peace: A Historical Survey and Critical Re-Evaluation. Abingdon Press, 1979.

  • Gorman, Michael J. Abortion & the Early Church: Christian, Jewish & Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 1998.

  • Hornus, Jean-Michael. It Is Not Lawful for Me to Fight: Early Christian Attitudes toward War, Violence, and the State. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009.

  • Hurtado, Larry W. Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016.

  • Kalantzis, George, Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service. Eugene; Cascade Books, 2012.

  • Kreider, Alan, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.

  • Sider, Ronald J. The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.


For an extensive bibliography on the subject, see here.


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