Ted Grimsrud - Violence as Theological Problem

Ted Grimsrud is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies. Prior to teaching at EMU beginning in 1996, he served 10 years as a pastor in M to sleepennonite churches in Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota. He is especially interested in the connection between Christian theology and pacifism. He teaches classes in theology, peace studies, ethics, and the Bible. He is married to Kathleen Temple and is Elias’s and Marja’s grandfather. His latest book, published in November, 2014 by Cascade Books, is The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II.. He blogs at He has a website that gathers his writings at


Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (1988)
M.A., Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1983)
B.S., University of Oregon (1976)

Recent Article:


The Good War That Wasn’t—And Why It Matters: The Moral Legacy of World War II. Cascade Books, 2014.

Arguing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Three—Biblical and Theological Essays. Peace Theology Books, 2014.

Instead of Atonement: The Bible’s Salvation Story and Our Hope for Wholeness. Cascade Books, 2013.

Proclaiming Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume Two—Sermons and Blog Posts. Peace Theology Books, 2013.

Writing Peace: Collected Pacifist Writings, Volume One—Short Articles. Peace Theology Books, 2012.

God’s Healing Strategy: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Bible, revised edition. Cascadia Publishing House, 2011.

Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend (co-edited with Michael Hardin) Cascade Books, 2011.

A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology. (co-edited with Christian Early) Cascade Books, 2010.

Theology as if Jesus Matters: An Introduction to Christianity’s Main Convictions. Cascadia Publishing House, 2009.

Reasoning Together: A Conversation on Homosexuality (co-authored with Mark Thiessen Nation) Herald Press, 2008.

Embodying the Way of Jesus: Anabaptist Convictions for the 21st Century. Wipf and Stock Publisher, 2007.

Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System (co-edited with Ray Gingerich). Fortress Press, 2006.

Peace and Justice Shall Embrace: Power and Theopolitics in the Bible (co-edited with Loren Johns). Cascadia Publishing House, 2000.

Triumph of the Lamb: A Self-Study Guide to the Book of Revelation. Herald Press, 1987.


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