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Monday, May 23, 2005

The Virtue of War

The Virtue of War is a much needed explicatio of a Christian perspective on war. I first heard mention of this book when it came out a year ago and have since enjoyed reading it. Fr. James Schall, S.J. gives a wonderful review of the book's contents at the link above. Most important to the current debate is the philosophical, theological and historical perspective the book gives on Christian just war thought. It takes specific aim at the pacifistic tendencies that have crept into the U.S. Bishops' (and dare I say the Vatican's) theological debate. I think that this is a significant contribution to the modern discussion of war and peace and it provides much needed intellectual common-sense to the issue.

This is one of those books that is timely because the principles enunciated are timeless. It is appropriate for an honest appraisal of the current conflict as well as future conflicts that may arise.

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