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Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State Paperback – January 14, 2008
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Don't let the few rot the rest of us.
The first essay of this book is a biblical refutation of those teleision clergy who breathe and shout for war using weak biblical arguements to support their wild claims. Vance cites other biblical references to cancel these statments. One should ask how many of the televison pastors ever went to war or heard gunfire fired in anger. One gets a good view of them in George Orwell's HOMAGE TO CATALONIA. One should also refer to Andy Jacobs THE 1600 KILLERS:THE IRAQ EDITION. Mr. Jacobs is the former member of the House of Representatives who was a battle decorated Marine during the Korean War. He calls such clergy and arm chair patriots as War Wimps and Chicken Hawks.
The second set of essays consists of excerpts from THE ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS challneging the establishment of standing armies. Vance quotes some of the ANTI-FEDERALIST authors.Read more ›
The author's style is both enjoyable to read and specific in laying out the facts. Well researched book on the subject of war. This country has been fooled for too long believing that murdering others is justifiable, simply because the government says it's "OK." We have led our children down a road with a poisonous teaching that wearing the uniform for this country will be for noble and just causes.
The German's thought they were attacked. Their emotions were manipulated and a "righteous" war they fought, until Nuremberg war crime trials. Every true Christian ought to exam their hearts and be honest with evaluating what this author has clearly laid out.
This book is a MUST READ. I have it on my book shelf with plans to re-read it!
I also take some exception. I believe we need a strong military as (regardless of the cause) there are those who wish our destruction. Even with a change in policy the damage has been done. We need a government that will abide by the Constitution rather than one which misuses our military. I would also point out to Dr. Vance that collateral damage in war is virtually unavoidable (especially with the type of adversaries we have fought). I agree we should not be the Earths policeman, should not interfere in the political internal affairs of other nations.
I find the volume interesting, but it is not what is needed to change the minds of the average Christian (much less the non-Christian). Too many will be offended by some of the comments that do not take into account all the lies and deception people have been presented. Though I think most people will never get by reading the quotes from the past. I still may present this to my Pastor.
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Another anti-neocon, anti- imperial tome well worth reading.Published 23 months ago by Scott A. Lemmermann
I have been doing a lot of reading on violence and warfare recently, and this book is one I wanted to read, mainly because I so much appreciated Vance's book on Calvinism. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
This is the best book of essays on the subject of war for the Christian that I have come across. It is must reading for all the "right wing" conservative Christians that seem to be... Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by John G. Barbour
This collection of essays utterly destroys the view held by a majority of American Christians that somehow God has mandated that America is to be the world's liberator via our... Read morePublished on April 22, 2010 by Brutus