The Gospel of Peace: A Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke from the Perspective of Nonviolence
By: John Dear
Long-time activist, author and teacher of nonviolence, Father John Dear offers here the first ever commentary on the Synoptic Gospels from the perspective of active nonviolence, in the tradition of Gandhi and Dr. King. He walks through every line of the three synoptic Gospels pointing out Jesus’ practice and teachings of nonviolence each step of the way.
Dear’s Jesus is like Gandhi and Dr. King—nonviolent to the core, a disarming, healing presence toward those in need and a revolutionary disrupter of the unjust status quo and a political threat to the ruling authorities who succeed in killing him, only to push Jesus to the heights of nonviolence through his death and resurrection. This original commentary brings a fresh new approach to the Gospels that will help all those who preach and engage in social ministries, and inspire everyone in this time of permanent warfare, gun violence, racism, poverty and climate change.
Father John Dear has been working for justice and disarmament and teaching peace for over four decades. The author of forty books, he is the executive director of www.beatitudescenter.org where he hosts and offers zooms on Jesus and Gospel peacemaking. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He lives in Big Sur, CA.