War and the Christian Conscience: Where Do You Stand?

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Orbis Books, 2005 - Religion - 205 pages
This primer on war and the Christian conscience, begins in an imaginary college classroom as students react to news that the draft has been reinstated. Why can't I finish college? asks one student. Why do I have to go? These urgent and personal questions, offer the entry to a clear and comprehensive outline of the basic Christian responses to the problem of war. As Fahey shows, the Christian tradition has supplied a variety of answers, including pacifism, just war teaching, the ethic of total war, and the vision of a world community. In the face of these different approaches, how are we to decide which one is right? And more basically, how does one go about forming one's personal conscience?

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I'd have to agree with Alex's review from goodreads.com. The book does have quite a bit of bias to it, which is fine as a propaganda piece, but not as a general review of the subject. I say this as someone who is somewhat sympathetic to the author's position. This book was required reading in a class I took in my undergrad program. Were it not for my professor's counterpoint to this book, it would have been inappropriate for an academic setting. That said, this book should not be utilized as a textbook, unless it is part of a broader survey of multiple books on the subject - and even then, other books have done a better job of articulating the author's position.  


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Joseph J. Fahey is Professor of Religious Studies and a member of the Peace Studies faculty at Manhattan College.

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