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Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State Paperback – January 14, 2008
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Truth has an unhealthy habit of confronting lies. In my case, it came in the writings of Laurence Vance. His writings used the wisest military tactics, on the one hand, scrambling my communications with military doctrine, and on the other, attacking my religious beliefs with a brilliant flanking maneuver. My concurrent discovery of lewrockwell.com worked together with Vance's writings to challenge my rather weak public education and strong military indoctrination. I found both my Christian faith and my understanding of the state confused and uncertain. My first reaction was anger and disbelief. Vance is nothing if not a persistent Christian. Indeed, he is running the race to win, and has refused the world s attempts to silence him. Each essay unsettled my military view, my theology, and my understanding of the history of the Christian Church. I found myself running to history books, historical Christian writers, and the Bible to disprove him. Most describe it as a loss of innocence that moment of enlightenment when we discover a painful truth of life. My loss of innocence is still ongoing. Vance has caused me to open my eyes. The result has been a discovery of the wonderful truths and economics of libertarianism, and a correction and deepening of my faith in and understanding of Christianity, and most importantly, the orthodox, historical, and biblical views of war. Growth does not come without price, nor does following the teachings of Christ. Inspired by Vance, I have set about trying to reach my Christian brethren who support war and the military due to their confusion over key passages in the Bible. To some degree I have found myself ostracized; yet, rather than discouraging me, it tells me that I am on the right course, for Christ himself predicted such for those who followed him in obedience. In this most commendable work, Vance greatly expands upon his previous edition. It will be my goal to get a copy into the hands of every military comrade and fellow Christian that I know well enough to reach with my concerns. Let me not suggest that the reader must be military or Christian. Indeed, this book is a perfect antidote for the poison being slowly fed through the media, our public schools and universities, conservative and fundamental Christian churches, and the military. Within its pages, the reader will surely be challenged in his prior understanding of history and the biblical view of warfare. Vance pulls no punches; I cringed the first time I found myself being called a Christian warmonger. As I have said, growth can be painful. I will be forever indebted to Vance for his clear understanding of history, Christianity, and libertarian thought. I challenge the reader to not simply accept what he writes, but to test what he writes by holding it against the pale of orthodox Christianity, the Bible, and history itself. This book is a clarion call that challenges the modern American church, the military member, and all citizens as to their beliefs concerning the historical and moral aspects of warfare. For me, it was literally life changing. --From the Foreword by Mike Reith (USAF, Major, Ret.)
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These seventy-nine essays have one thing in common--they were all published on the premier anti-state, anti-war, pro-market website, LewRockwell.com, during the period from October 29, 2003, to November 19, 2007. The vast majority of them were written exclusively for that website and have never appeared in print until now.LewRockwell.com is the brainchild of Lew Rockwell, the founder and president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Ala., and a leading opponent of the central state, its wars, and its socialism.Each essay is reprinted verbatim, with the exception of the correction of a few minor errors. It should be noted, however, that the original spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are followed in all quotations. Because they were published on the Internet, most of the essays originally contained numerous links to documentation and further information on the Web that the reader could click on if he desired. Because this feature is not possible in a printed format, the reader is encouraged to consult the online versions of each essay at LewRockwell.com, where, thanks to the wonders of technology, they are archived. Many of the essays also originally included pictures, which, for space considerations, are not included here.The essays in each chapter are listed in their order of publication. With the exception of the essays on the U.S. Global Empire in chapter 7, which are better read chronologically, the essays can be read in any order.
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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.