Heirs to John Howard Yoder's legacy have to grapple with his theology in light of his sexual abuse. Hauerwas’s recent response isn’t enough.
John Howard Yoder
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Yoder defined violence in terms of violating someone's dignity. This sounds ready made as a description of his own abusive behavior.