Questioning Christian Approaches to War
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This book on hospitality was written due to the extension of hospitality. I am thankful for all of the sustenance that I received while writing it. In no certain order, I need to thank and acknowledge the I will always be grateful to Abilene Christian University for providing me with my first academic position and for giving me the re...
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Set during the Mexican Civil War, Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory (1940) follows the life of a whisky priest as he tries to save his life and protect the faithful. There is no doubt that the priest is a fallen man—he is an alcoholic; he has had affairs with women in his parish; he is filled with self loathing. While intent on doing penance, ...
Chapter One: Harming Others
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The purpose of the HBO movie The Girl in the Café is to highlight the astonishing disparity of material and health securities between the Global North and the Global South (Curtis, 2005). The main character, Lawrence, a repressed bureaucrat under the U.K.’s chancellor of the exchequer, falls in love with an unknown woman (the girl in the café), ...
Chapter Two: Marginal Wars
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Since the end of World War II, the number of interstate wars has declined, but wars within states—predominately Global South failed or weak states—has risen steadily, especially in the decade after the Cold War’s end. While the number of failed state events has hit a plateau, these wars must still be viewed as a global security threat. Such states ...
Chapter Three: Hospitality toward Others
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One basic problem in addressing failed state conflicts is that abstraction has rendered them unimportant in the field of international relations. While this is changing within the discipline, it has yet to affect political theologies on war. A theological approach to war is obviously normative: finding ways of preventing war, taking nonviolent stances, ...
Chapter Four: The Invulnerability Myth
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Students of international relations often assume that political realists are warmongers, but the truth is that political realists want war no more than anyone else. Ultimately, political realists believe that peace will come through the maintenance of the balance of power. Therefore, they seek power as a means of creating peace through deterrence. This ...
Chapter Five: The Presence of Suffering
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Incorporating vulnerability into IR and into Christian approaches to war is not an easy task. It demands the recognition that human life and state sovereignty are dependent upon one another. Pacifism understands that vulnerability is a constant feature of life, and this requires constant and active care for the marginalized, which will lead ...
Chapter Six: The Offer of Hospitality
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Just War is at a new crossroads, where those who are addressing contemporary problems and updating definitions and applications are departing from those who adhere to traditional ones. Such a departure helps ground this book’s argument to “weaken” last resort by lengthening the temporal process of jus ad bellum in order to provide a way ...
Chapter Seven: A Liturgy
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The same semester that I first studied nationalism and ethnic conflict as an undergraduate, with the Dayton Accords just behind us and peace in Northern Ireland a not too distant possibility, an assignment in my ethics class included Adrienne Rich’s What Is Found There (1993). In it, Rich reprinted “To Peace,” a poem by Suzanne Gardinier. It was ...
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About the Author, Back Cover
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2013
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth