The Nuclear Reality: Beyond Niebuhr and the Just War

Article by Donna Schaper

As a commissioner to the 1980 General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church, I was convinced that the church’s new peacemaking efforts needed “a good dose of Niebuhr.” I saw “The Call to Peacemaking” document as pacifistic and deficient in its failure to affirm the “just war.” In a brief speech to the Peacemaking Committee, …

The Uses of American Power: On a Mission

Article by Lloyd Steffen

Books Reviewed Imperial Designs: Neoconservatism and the New Pax Americana. By Gary Dorrien Routledge, .336 pp. Saving Christianity from Empire. By Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer Continuum, 192 pp. Anxious About Empire: Theological Essays on the New Global Realities. Edited by Wes Avram. Brazos Press, 224 pp. American Providence: A Nation with a Mission. By Stephen H. Webb. …

Toward a Kierkegaardian Understanding of Hitler, Stalin, and the Cold War

Article by Charles K. Bellinger

He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. John 1:11 Søren Kierkegaard is widely acknowledged today as one of the most insightful philosophical and religious thinkers of western history. Although he was ignored in the 19th century, he has become a widely read, if not widely understood, contributor to 20th …

Using Private Lynch

Article by Leon Howell

Jessica Lynch resists America’s desire to call her a war hero. "They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff," Lynch told Diane Sawyer during a television interview on Veteran’s Day. "It’s Wrong" Lynch grew up in Palestine, West Virginia, a town of 330 people with only one place to shop: "The What-Not …

Wounds of War

Article by Gregory S. Clapper

You’re going to Germany? Sweet!” That was how news of my deployment was greeted by more than one member of my Air National Guard unit — the 181st Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard. In the military, the initial criteria for evaluating whether an assignment is a good one include its opportunities for …