Is war inevitable? Early Christians, says Maguire, were unanimous in opposing this view. They didn't see war as normal but as an outrage and even a sacrilege. Later Christians succumbed to the supposed "normalcy" of war but developed what later became known as the "just war theory" as a deterrent to the rush to war. In this provocative and helpful book Maguire analyzes this history and proposes a new framework for thinking of war, peace, and state-sponsored violence. Maguire's proposal brings clarity and hope to the vital conversation about war in our time.
About the Author:
Daniel C Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Table of Contents
What Is War? 1
The Strengths and Weaknesses of Just-War Theory 24
War: Is It Necessarily So? 65
Our Love Affair with Violence: "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?" 85