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War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives Paperback – August 28, 2012
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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 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.Read more ›
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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Read and Ponder: "War & Peace in Our Time...." and "The Kingdom of God is Within You" - Leo Tolstoy, and "The Cost of Discipleship" - Bonhoeffer. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J.N.
One reviewer here wrote that some of the essays in this book act as "... a counterbalance to prevailing LDS opinions supporting war policies. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by Glen M. Danielsen
If there is a subject that needs more work done in the Mormon Studies world, the topic of violence might be a good place to start. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Kirk Caudle
The Book of Mormon is commonly interpreted in one of two irreconcilable ways: As the unerring and perfect word of the divine creator, or as a fraud, written by a cheap con-artist. Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by G. Vanwagenen