Last year Ron Sider put together a collection of texts from various early Christian and patristic sources on the uses of violence. Sider seems to be one of those evangelicals who, in the last three decades, has, to some extent, "discovered" the Christian East, as this collection suggests: The Early Church on Killing: a Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment (Baker Academic, 2012), 224pp.
About this book we are told:
Noted theologian Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak in the first of a three-volume series on biblical peacemaking. This volume offers a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern--war, abortion, and capital punishment--providing English translations for all extant data directly relevant to the treatment of these issues by the early church until Constantine. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included. The book contains brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts. The Early Church on Killing will be a helpful text in courses on ethics, theology, and church history.
We are also given the table of contents:
Part 1: Christian Writers before Constantine1. Didache2. The Epistle of Barnabas3. First Clement4. Second Clement5. Apocalypse of Peter6. Justin Martyr7. Tatian8. Irenaeus9. Athenagoras10. Clement of Alexandria11. Tertullian12. Minucius Felix13. Didascalia apostolorum14. Julius Africanus15. Origen16. St. Cyprian17. Gregory Thaumaturgus18. Dionysius of Alexandria19. Archelaus20. Adamantius, Dialogue on the True Faith21. Arnobius of Sicca22. LactantiusPart 2: Church Orders and Synods23. Apostolic Tradition24. Three Later Church Orders25. Synod of ArlesPart 3: Miscellaneous Items26. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas27. Paul of Samosata28. The Acts of Xanthippe and PolyxenaPart 4: Other Evidence of Christian Soldiers before Constantine29. "The Thundering Legion"30. A Third Century Christian Prayer Hall Near a Military Camp31. Epitaphs32. Military Martyrs33. Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History34. An Early Christian Kingdom?AfterwordIndexes