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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Greg Kofford Books, Inc. (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589580990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589580992
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a pacifist, I was looking for (figurative) ammunition against the pro-war stance I often hear from my conservative friends. Luckily, I had a copy of "War and Peace in our Time: Mormon Perspectives," a collection of essays which were presented at a conference by the same name at Claremont Graduate University in March 2011. Reading these pieces did give me the reinforcement I was looking for, but also a bombshell or two I wasn't expecting.

As Patrick Mason noted in the introduction, the essays were intentionally weighted toward pacifism. This was done to provide a counterbalance to prevailing LDS opinions supporting war policies. Since many Mormons are dubious regarding the efficacy of nonviolent alternatives in international conflict, the preponderance of essays came from the perspectives of pacifism, conscientious objection, robust internationalism, or at least "just war" theory. But the collection remained interesting because there was a range of informed perspectives on the issue.

Four sections grouped the essays together thematically, but, to my surprise, there was no effort to separate the "pro-war" and the "pro-peace" standpoints. This made for a more spirited exchange of ideas in the following categories: Scriptural and Doctrinal Interpretations, Historical and Cultural Perspectives, Notable and Prophetic Voices, and Personal and Professional Observations. I read several of the essays aloud to friends and family, and found that they did indeed encourage deep thought and animated dialogue. In this review, I will focus on two essays which fired my imagination. I hope that the comments to this post will generate further discussion on these two pieces in particular.

Scriptural & Doctrinal Interpretations
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If you're looking for a sign that Mormon Studies is not only maturing, but has significant practical, political and theological relevance, I've found your book.

If you're looking for evidence that smart, faithful, and creative Latter-day Saints can express diverging perspectives on sensitive hot-button issues while refraining from creating straw-man caricatures of the opposing position, I've found your book.

If you're new to Mormon Studies, and are looking for a helpful overview or sampler of different fields-within-the-field, whether it be history, Book of Mormon/Scriptural narrative deconstruction, theology, or simply personal lived experience narratives, (and more, in addition to combinations of the above), I've found your book.

From an LDS perspective, I see War & Peace In Our Time: Mormon Perspectives as being an exemplar in constructing bridges between inhabitants of opposing schools of thought within the Wide World of Mormonism.

Even among otherwise faithful Latter-day Saints, it is heartbreakingly easy (throw a stone...) to find online discussions focused on a particularly sensitive issue that break out almost instantly into mutual demonization to a degree where it is very clear that nobody is actually engaging each other's ideas. You will find scattered throughout such discussions exasperated exclamations of how Person On This Side can't possibly reconcile The Other Side with the Gospel - and then Person on the Other Side makes very clear the he feels the same way about This guy.

W&P presents the time and space for well-reasoned scholastic expressions of faith. In addition to papers that expound on and illustrate Your Current Position, you will also find just as well-though-out positions that are Different Than Yours.
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The Book of Mormon claims to be written specifically for our day, and since its publication we have accumulated assumptions about what its various passages mean. Most readers approach the Book of Mormon assuming it will corroborate the conservative values that have traditionally been embraced by Christian and Mormon religion and they interpret individual passages to this end. But the Book of Mormon was not brought forth to reiterate conservative or liberal values. It is valuable because it is radical, and that is why it is up to the task of guiding us in times when the world is undergoing change at unprecedented rates. In Chapter 2 in particular, Josh Madson takes the Book of Mormon text at face value, without the cultural interpretations and assumptions, and shows that when analyzed as a complete narrative, compiled by a thoughtful and purposeful editor, the admonitions about war are crystal clear and powerfully delivered. The analysis is shockingly straight forward despite its originality.

Of course, the book is broader than Book of Mormon analysis, but it is one of the most enlightening books I've read on the Book of Mormon itself. Five stars, and highly recommended for anyone who is enthusiastic (or wants to be) about the Book of Mormon.
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Very insightful essays on the subject. Thought provoking alternative viewpoints about the real Book of Mormon message on war and peace. Particularly enjoyed reconsideration of the story of Nephi as a family tragedy with fault on both sides including rationalization by Nephi of eye for an eye violence leading to a violently tragic history.
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