Professor of History, MHL Director, MQR Editor

Education

BA, Goshen College, 1981
MA, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, 1983
PHD, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, 1989

Research

My current passion is research and writing on the global Anabaptist-Mennonite church and promoting several projects related to the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (ISGA).  The ISGA has given leadership to the Global Anabaptist Wiki (www.anabaptistwiki.org), a website that enables Anabaptist groups from around the world to provide information about themselves, share stories of Christian faithfulness amid adversity, and post relevant texts, photos and archival sources.  We have also established a “texts in translation” series that helps to make some of the creative theological and historical work being done outside of North America accessible to English-speaking readers.  Our first volume–John Driver’s Life Together in the Spirit: A Radical Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century–is now available (johndr@goshen.edu).

In the course of the coming year, the ISGA intends to launch the “Global Anabaptist Profile and Suffering Church Stories” project.  The vision of the initiative is to enable 25 Anabaptist-Mennonite groups from around the world to gather basic data (demographic, faith, beliefs, worship practices) about their membership and to promote the collection of stories that will deepen our sense of fellowship and mutual connectedness.

Watch for more information about the ISGA and its projects in the coming months!

Courses

HIST 304: Renaissance and Reformation
Topical survey of European civilization in the period from about 1300 to 1550. Intellectual, cultural and religious changes receive most attention, along with assessment of the impact and relevance of the era for modern and post-modern life. (Syllabus)
HIST 315: War and Peace in Twentieth Century Europe
Exploration of major European political, cultural, intellectual and economic developments since the 1890s. Major themes include; modernism, the onset of totalitarianism and totalitarian regimes in Europe and the Soviet Union, war as an agent of social change, the Cold War, the dissolution of Soviet-style communism in Eastern Europe and peace-making efforts throughout the century. (Syllabus)
HIST 318: Anabaptist-Mennonite History
Introduction to Mennonite history and thought, with particular attention devoted to the contemporary global Anabaptist-Mennonite church.  Special attention given to distinctive Anabaptist religions ideas, changes in Mennonite religious ideas and practice in Europe, migrations, and contrasts in social-communal practices among Mennonite and related groups. (Syllabus)
HIST 100: Getting Nowhere:  Utopian Thought in the Western Tradition [Colloquium]
Examination of the phenomenon and roots of global poverty in the colonial expansion of Europe, the rise of nationalism in the colonies, and post-colonial globalization and development. (Syllabus)
HIST 102: European History
Selected topics in European civilization from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Absolutism to the 18th-century Enlightenment and French Revolution. (Syllabus)

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Constantine Revisited:  Engaging Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine, ed. John D. Roth (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, forthcoming)

Teaching That Transforms: Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters (Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2011)

John Driver, Life Together in the Spirit: A Radical Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century (Goshen, Ind.: ISGA, 2011) [editor/publisher]

Healing Memories: Reconciling in Christ. Report of the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission (Strasbourg: Mennonite World Conference / Geneva: Lutheran World Federation, 2010);  German translation:  Heilung der Erinnerungen—Versöhnung in Christus. Bericht der Internationalen lutherisch-mennonitischen Studienkommission.  [co-written with Timothy Wingert]

Täufer und Reformierte im Disput: Texte des 17. Jahrhunderts über Verfolgung und Tolerenz aus Zürich und Amsterdam.  Hrsg. Philipp Wälchli, Urs B. Leu and Christian Scheidegger, unter mitarbeit von John D. Roth (Zurich: Achius Verlag, 2010)

Practices:  Mennonite Worship and Witness (Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2008)

A Companion to Anabaptism and Spiritualism, 1521-1700, ed. John D. Roth and James Stayer (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007)

Stories:  How Mennonites Came to Be (Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2006)

Beliefs: Mennonite Faith and Practice (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2005)

Choosing Against War:  A Christian View (Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2002). [Trans. into Korean and German]

Letters of the Amish Division:  A Sourcebook,  trans. and ed. by John D. Roth. 2nd edition (Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1993, 2002).

Leadership of Study-Service Term Units

  • Costa Rica (Fall, Spring, Summer 1995-1996)

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