The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just War Legacy, by Daniel C. McGuire.
"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
Leading Ethicist Offers a Third Way to Understand and Think about War
Minneapolis (March 8, 2007) - In the newly released The Horrors We
Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy, Daniel C. Maguire asks some
important questions. 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
In this provocative and helpful book, Maguire proposes that
state-sponsored violence can only be justified in a community context
with legal and internationally enforceable restrictions comparable to
the restraints we put upon our police. This understanding of war would
put an end to "vigilante war" practiced by Adolph Hitler and others as
well as the "preemptive war" policy currently emerging in America.
Maguire's proposal brings clarity and hope to the conversation about war
in contemporary times.
1. What Is War?
2. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Just-War Theory
3. War: Is It Necessary?
4. Violence: Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
* Includes thoughtful quotes about war from many historical and
* Includes reflection and discussion questions for individual
or small group use
Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among his many books are A Moral Creed for All
Christians (2005), Sacred Energies: When the World's Religions Sit Down
to Talk about the Future (2000) and Sacred Choices: The Right to
Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions (2001).
The Horrors We Bless: Rethinking the Just-War Legacy
By Daniel C. Maguire
Item Number: 978-0-8006-3897-9
Details: 4.5" X 7", paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Fortress Press
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