Body Politics Simplified

Here’s the PDF file of my simplification of John Howard Yoder’s Body Politics.

Body Politics Simplified

Body Politics is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. It talks about five practices of the church and how they show the ‘politics’ of the church. They are:

  • Discipline and discernment (binding and loosing)
  • The Lord’s Supper as a shared meal
  • Baptism into a new humanity – bringing together Jew and Greek
  • Everyone has a gift
  • The open meeting where anyone can speak (the Rule of Paul)

The practices were the theme of the 2007 Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand’s conference. I wrote the simplification with the conference in mind.

They have discussion questions at the end for use in a small group context. I hope the booklet is of use to you; please leave a comment if you’ve read it – it’s encouraging to hear from you.

You can print this out and use it; but please acknowledge me and Yoder and please don’t sell it.

4 thoughts on “Body Politics Simplified

  1. Hi,

    First of all thanks for the link to my blog on the blogroll. I am one of the contributors to a blog on Yoder ( Would you mind if I posted a link to this summary on this site?



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