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Offering Hospitality
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In Offering Hospitality: Questioning Christian Approaches to War, Caron E. Gentry reflects on the predominant strands of American political theology—Christian realism, pacifism, and the just war tradition—and argues that Christian political theologies on war remain, for the most part, inward-looking and resistant to criticism from opposing viewpoints. In light of the new problems that require choices about the use of force—genocide, terrorism, and failed states, to name just a few—a rethinking of the conventional arguments about just war and pacifism is timely and important. Gentry’s insightful perspective marries contemporary feminist and critical thought to prevailing theories, such as Christian realism represented in the work of Reinhold Niebuhr and the pacifist tradition of Stanley Hauerwas. She draws out the connection between hospitality in postmodern literature and hospitality as derived from the Christian conception of agape, and relates the literature on hospitality to the Christian ethics of war. She contends that the practice of hospitality, incorporated into the jus ad bellum criterion of last resort, would lead to a “better peace.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter One: Harming Others
  2. pp. 11-28
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  1. Chapter Two: Marginal Wars
  2. pp. 29-48
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  1. Chapter Three: Hospitality toward Others
  2. pp. 49-62
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  1. Chapter Four: The Invulnerability Myth
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. Chapter Five: The Presence of Suffering
  2. pp. 89-112
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  1. Chapter Six: The Offer of Hospitality
  2. pp. 113-136
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  1. Chapter Seven: A Liturgy
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 149-158
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 177-182
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
  2. pp. 183-184
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