Thus, our mix of articles about wars from different periods of America's
history and our emphasis on the philosophy and politico-sociology--i.e.,
the worldview of war. Eclectic by design and biblical at its foundation,
this feature samples the broad sweep of America's conflicts and the feeling
and thoughts of war. Some samples emanate from the experience of the
veterans themselves, some from policymakers or those who would advise them,
yet others from the popular culture and its critics.
Since warfare seems to be inevitable, judging from history, we do well to
know our cultural and personal attitudes toward war--and peace. We hope our
Special Focus helps you do just that.
That Lousy War: Explaining Vietnam
A sweeping review of four contemporary books about Vietnam that offers
glimpses of the times of antiwar protests and the war itself, the policies
that fomented and sustained it and more.
Letter to Mrs. Bixby
President Lincoln's famous letter to Mrs. Bixby, who was believed to have
lost five sons in the Civil War. The 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan, subtly
wove this letter into its storyline and actually seemed to spring partly
Bloody Footprints in the Snow
Faith & Freedom: The Christian Roots of American Liberty
"Faith & Freedom" examines the birth of the nation of the United States of
America, exploring the rise of freedom and democracy in America. This
chapter describes the turning points of General Washington's losses and
victories at White Plains and Trenton. These accounts display the
miraculous intervention of God and provide a backdrop to the forming of the
American experiment in freedom.
Onward Christian Soldiers? Christian Perspectives on War
Timothy J. Demy, Th.D. (Commander, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy)
What should be the Christian attitude and response to the death,
destruction, and devastation caused by war? Is war moral, immoral, or
amoral? This article explores a Christian perspective on involvement in
"Saving Private Ryan" and the U.S. Military Ethos
Mackubin Thomas Owens
The harsh realities of war portrayed in "Saving Private Ryan" demonstrate
the importance of virtues associated with military heroism.
The Paradox of War and Pacifism
Mark T. Clark
This article examines the paradox of war and pacifism in the Bible, where
paradox means apparent contradiction. The examination includes a review of
the major positions Christians have taken on the paradox historically, from
that of pacifism, to qualified participation, to the crusade.
Women in the Military
Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric
Chapter 25 of "Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric", exploring 25 key issues
dividing the nation of America. This commentary-style chapter argues
strongly against eschewing traditional roles of women in the military in
deference to feminist ideals of women in combat will, in fact, denigrate
women, while placing our nation more at risk.
The Illusions of Military Power
Bacevich analyzes the popular culture and political landscapes that
provided context to the Cold War, Vietnam era, the Gulf War up to the
mid-90s with a view toward the de facto U.S. role of Leader of the Free
World. What is the ideal or at least the workable stance needed for U.S.
military policy these days?
The Justice in Just War
Keith J. Pavlischek
Pavlischek explains Johnson's work on just war theory, its implication for
moral reasoning about war and peace, and its application to contemporary
foreign policy issues.
Saving "Private Ryan" from the Conservatives
Many conservatives criticized "Saving Private Ryan." Were their criticisms
justified? Masugi writes, "How can a conventional liberal such as Spielberg
make such an impressive movie? ...It is good that bad men are hypocrites.
That is the only way they can be tolerated."
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