Vernard Eller

Vernard Marion Eller (July 11, 1927 – June 18, 2007) was an American author, Christian pacifist and minister in the Church of the Brethren. Born in Everett, Washington and raised in Wenatchee,[1] Eller graduated from the University of La Verne and Bethany Theological Seminary, then earned a master's degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from Pacific School of Religion. He was professor of philosophy and religion at the University of La Verne for thirty-four years. He wrote over 20 books including The Mad Morality and Christian Anarchy: Jesus' Primacy Over the Powers.[1][2]

Vernard Marion Eller
Born(1927-07-11)July 11, 1927
Everett, Washington
DiedJune 18, 2007(2007-06-18) (aged 79)
La Verne, California
SubjectChristian anarchism, Christian pacifism, Christian radicalism, Simple living, Apocalypse


In addition to several essays, reviews, and monographs, Eller's publications include:

  • A Protestant's Protestant: Kierkegaard from a New Perspective (1964), republished as Kierkegaard and Radical Discipleship: a New Perspective (1968)
  • His End Up: Getting God into the New Theology (1969) ISBN 0-687-17060-5
  • The Mad Morality: Or, the Ten Commandments Revisited (1970) ISBN 0-687-22899-9
  • The Promise: Ethics in the Kingdom of God (1970)
  • The Sex Manual for Puritans (1971) ISBN 0-687-38309-9
  • In Place of Sacraments: A Study of Baptism and the Lord's Supper (1972) ISBN 0-8028-1476-X
  • King Jesus' Manual of Arms for the Armless: War and Peace from Genesis to Revelation (1973) ISBN 0-687-20885-8
  • The Simple Life: The Christian Stance Toward Possessions (1973) ISBN 0-8028-1537-5
  • The Most Revealing Book of the Bible: Making Sense out of Revelation (1974) ISBN 0-8028-1572-3
  • The Time So Urgent: A Play or The Time So Urgent: A Chancel Drama: The Story of Alexander Mack and the Founding of the Brethren (Schwarzenau, Germany, 1708) (1974)
  • Cleaning Up the Christian Vocabulary (1976) ISBN 0-87178-153-0
  • Thy Kingdom Come: A Blumhardt Reader (1980) ISBN 0-8028-3544-9
  • The Language of Canaan and the Grammar of Feminism (1982) ISBN 0-8028-1902-8
  • Pearl of Christian Counsel for the Brokenhearted (1983, with Rosanna Eller McFadden) ISBN 0-8191-2851-1
  • Towering Babble: God's People Without God's Word (1983) ISBN 0-87178-855-1
  • The Beloved Disciple: His Name, His Story, His Thought: Two Studies from the Gospel of John (1987) ISBN 0-8028-0275-3
  • Christian Anarchy: Jesus' Primacy Over the Powers (1987) ISBN 1-57910-222-0 Complete e-text.
  • Proclaim Good Tidings: Evangelism for the Faith Community (1987) ISBN 0-87178-487-4
  • Eller's Ethical Elucidations: Collected Readings on Christian Ethics (1970–89) (1989)
  • The Outward Bound: Caravaning as the Style of the Church (2003) ISBN 1-59244-294-3
  • War and Peace: From Genesis to Revelation (2003) ISBN 1-59244-233-1


  1. ^ a b "Newsline Obituary June 20, 2007". Church of Brethren. Retrieved 17 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Vernard Marion Eller". Daily Bulletin. Legacy. June 22, 2007.

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