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Yoder, John Howard (1927–1997)

  1. Bracy V. Hill II

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1489

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Hill, B. V. 2011. Yoder, John Howard (1927–1997). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Theologian, ethicist, historian, pacifist. Born in Smithfield, Ohio to a family with Amish Mennonite heritage, Yoder was reared in an educated Mennonite community. Yoder attended public schools and augmented his high school education with classes from the Presbyterian school, The College of Wooster. He received a Bachelor's degree from Goshen College, studying under the influential church-historian, Harold S. Bender, who had recently published “The Anabaptist Vision” (1944).


  • Yoder, John Howard (1927–1997);
  • theologian, ethicist, historian, pacifist;
  • the politics of Jesus;
  • influence in mennonite circles