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About the Author

Joseph J Fahey is a co-founder and General Secretary of Pax Christi USA and a pioneer in the area of peace studies. Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College, he is the author of A Peace Reader: Essential Readings on War, Justice, Nonviolence and World Order.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570755833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570755835
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The section is very readable and enlightening and pretty much makes the book.
J. Breneman
I'm now using this book as a resource at workshops I conduct about my own book, "Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam: A Memoir."
Peggy A. Hanna
As a student I must say this isn't my particular field of interest, yet I had to read the entire book and I am glad I did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Hovey on February 19, 2006
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Joseph Fahey has written perhaps the most useful resource for students, teachers and parents as they grapple with the demands of Christian conscience on matters of war, peace and military service in the 21st century.

Far from being a dry, scholarly study of historical approaches to Christian conscience and war, Fahey presents an imaginary "case study," with the U.S. president calling for a resumption of mandatory conscription (the draft), with no exemptions: women as well as men will be called up for duty, as will all college students when they turn 19 years old.

One student, "Nicole," serves as the central character facing the questions that are raised as she contemplates, for the first time in her life, possible service in the armed forces. An initial discussion in the classroom leads to several perspectives upon which to base one's moral consideration of military service: Culture; Duty; Egoism; Gender; Religion; Science; and Utilitarianism. This leads to an exploration of how these perspectives contribute to the formation of conscience. The class then -- throughout the remainder of the book -- examines four approaches to war that have developed over the centuries as Christians considered what to do: Pacifism or Nonviolence; Just or Limited War; Total or Holy War; World Community or Global Citizenship.

Fahey does a masterful job of exploring the rich traditions of pacifism and just/unjust war, along with the less-discussed "tradition" of holy war or Crusade. His consideration of the new category, World Community, is particularly relevant in our interconnected, globalized world --a world increasingly familiar to young people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peggy A. Hanna on February 23, 2006
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I now understand why the question of war and the Christian conscience has been and is such a struggle. Even though I converted from hawk to dove during the Vietnam War, I never knew all the history and implications of the church's varied positions on this issue.

I'm now using this book as a resource at workshops I conduct about my own book, "Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam: A Memoir."

Thank you, Dr. Fahey, for an important, informative, yet easy book to read and digest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MP on April 11, 2006
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This book is easy to understand and will make you second guess whether or not War is always the answer. As a student this book helped make reading easy and allowed me to understand some of the deeper and more involved concepts. You won't find yourself bored or struggling to get through the pages. The book flows so well from one chapter to another. As a student I must say this isn't my particular field of interest, yet I had to read the entire book and I am glad I did. This book opened my eyes to war and the Christian Conscience. I believe this book can make even the most pro-war advocates consider other options and methods to solve disputes. Dr. Fahey is brilliant. Just as a side note, his personal demeanor is as gentle and kind as the underlying message behind his book.
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