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The War in Iraq

Why Then? What Now?

Publication Date:
2/1/2006
Pages:
0
Session(s)
2
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0043

For a second time in nearly half a century, the United States has found itself involved in a conflict the legitimacy of which has been a matter of dispute among its own people. Disagreement concerning the war in Iraq is reminiscent of the turmoil that took place over the military action in Vietnam.

Wars that do not enjoy the overwhelming support of the entire nation create tremendous problems--especially in a democracy. Sacrifices that are considered acceptable when a cause is widely supported become occasions of rancorous resentment when there is a difference of judgment about the moral legitimacy of the effort.

It is never too late for thoughtful Christians and others to examine the reasons for and against going to war and consider the assumptions that lie behind the different positions. Those concerned for world peace should be concerned about the kind of thinking that led to this military action since it represents somewhat of a change in how the U.S. relates to the world.

The first session looks at the arguments for and against going to war in Iraq and the foundational differences behind the disagreements. Participants are left with an assignment to consider how the Bible and their faith inform this war and their own response to it. The second session focuses on whether invading Iraq actually can prevent terrorism and advance democracy. It also looks at how this war has affected our own society.

Edward LeRoy Long Jr. is Pearsall Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics and Theology of Culture at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He is the author of several books, including A Survey of Christian Ethics, A Survey of Recent Christian Ethics, War and Conscience in America, and Peace Thinking in a Warring World.


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