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The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy

The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy

Is war inevitable? Is it so woven into the fabric of our being that it always was and always will be? "Early Christians," says Maguire, "were unanimous in opposing this view." They didn't see war as normal but an outrage and even a sacrilege. Maguire argues that later Christians succumbed to the supposed "normalcy" of war and developed what later became known as the "just-war theory," which was actually devised as a deterrent to the rush to war.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800638979
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 4.25 x 7
  • Pages 112
  • Publication Date February 15, 2007


"This slim book is a work that every American should read, whether blue state or red state. Democrat or Republican, Christian or non, Catholic or Protestant, conservative or progressive – the only requirement being that the reader be rational enough to recognize stupidity."
– A. Regina Schulte, in Corpus

Table of Contents

1. What Is War?
2. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Just-War Theory
3. War: Is It Necessarily So?
4. Violence: Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?