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Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War

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United by Christian faith, Clough and Stiltner found themselves deeply divided in political judgment when the U.S. and the UK invaded Iraq in 2003. A Methodist pacifist, Clough believed the invasion violated basic tenets of Christian faith. A Catholic exponent of just-war theory, Stiltner regarded the invasion as a fully warranted effort to overthrow a lethally militarized dictatorship. An exchange of lengthy e-mails evolved into a dialogue about the entire question of Christian involvement in war. As the distillation of that dialogue, this book surveys the scriptures and theological arguments that have inspired pacifists since Tertullian and just-war exponents since Augustine. Beyond Iraq, the authors bring their respective convictions to bear on contemporary challenges—including nuclear proliferation and international terrorism. The dual perspective limns the strengths and the weaknesses of the two traditions, exposing both the risk that pacifists will embolden aggressors and the danger that just-war advocates will fight unnecessary wars. A cogent analysis of both immediate and long-term relevance. Christensen, Bryce
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"The dual perspective limns the strengths and the weaknesses of the two traditions, exposing both the risk that pacifists will embolden agressors and the danger that just-war advocates will fight unnecessary wars. A cogent analysis of both immediate and long-term relevance."―Booklist

"Rarely does one encounter a text that approaches Christian doctrine on war with as much clarity and energy as David L. Clough and Brian Stilner's Faith and Force... [the] dialogue segments, as well as the book's inviting introductory style, lend the text a refreshing, even exciting feel."―Politics and Religion

"Here is an innovative and eminently effective way of presenting the ethics of war and peace... Clough and Stilner have produced what must be one of the most pedagogically useful texts on the Christian deliberation over war."―Reviews in Religion and Theology

"Faith and Force helps us understand war and conflict in a new way. We're challenged to examine our personal thoughts and views in an effort to find alternatives. This is important work for citizens living in a free and democratic society."―Theological Book Review

"This is a well-writen and well-crafted book that brings familiar Christian debates, with the subtleties of differences even within Just War theory and pacifism, and applies them to new situations, challenging the wider political and intelligence communities to focus on ethical issues."―International Journal of Intelligence Ethics

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589011651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589011656
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 5, 2010
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The authors are very respectful of each other & other's views. The friendship and grace of the authors is evident, without watering down their views. Helped me take a look at the issue from different angles.
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