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Psalm 10 tells of a world where no one will strike terror ever again. But what is the way to attain such a just world? What are the ethical implications of waging a "war against terrorism"? These essays from some of the most respected theologians present a broad array of theological stances on the roots, prospects, and ethics of America's newest war. Among the thirty-eight contributors are Tony Campolo, Walter Wink, Stanley Hauerwas, Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, Martin Marty, Walter Brueggemann, John Cobb, Jr., and Jean Bethke Elshtain.
Following the terrorist attacks that rocked the United States, and indeed the world, on September 11, 2001, the United States and many of its allies retaliated with war -- a war on terrorism. But what are the implications of this new war waged not against a country but individuals who engage in terror? Is this new war ethical in the eyes of people of faith? Is it just? What are the historical factors and human realities of today that shape how people of faith should interpret this war? How can the insights of religious thinkers of the twenty-first century inform our deliberation on this issue? And what theological resources can empower, sustain, and critique people of faith during this time?
This collection of essays brings together voices of leading religious scholars from many traditions to share insights on these and other theological and ethical questions of the new war.
Jon Berquist is Senior Academic Editor at Westminster John Knox Press.