Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Bit of Publicity, and Links For Those Due North, or Across the Pond

From Georgetown University News:

New Book Broadens Discussion of 'Just Wars'

At the periphery of the debate over America's war in Iraq have been moral questions about the proper use of deadly force, questions embodied in the ancient Christian theory of a "just war." Now, a new book -- produced by the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in conjunction with Jesuit leaders -- is seeking to help bring the just-war tradition and other religious perspectives closer to the center of public debate.

Just War, Lasting Peace: What Christian Traditions Can Teach Us, published by Orbis Press, is the fruit of collaboration between Woodstock and the U.S. Jesuit Conference. With Woodstock senior fellow Dolores Leckey serving as general editor, the text draws on discussions that originated in a November 2003 symposium held during the run-up to war in Iraq. Also includedin the book are the voices of Jewish and Islamic scholars.

Among the many questions taken up are: How does just-war theory apply to the situation in Iraq? How can religion, which has been at the heart of so many wars, illuminate a new path to peace? What can Christian traditions teach us about defining a just war and constructing a lasting peace?

Catholic views on war and peace "fall along a continuum, where total pacifism forms one end of the continuum and a belief in the acceptability of war under certain conditions forms the other," according to the authors, who include the Jesuit Conference's John Kleiderer, freelance writer Paula Minaert, and Mark Mossa, S.J. "This whole range of positions is acceptable within the Church."

read the rest.

A reader from the UK suggests that I link to the book's pages there as well, so here are the links:

Amazon U.S.

Amazon U.K.

Amazon Canada


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