A main support group for Bush's "war on terror" and war on Iraq and other nations were evangelical Christians. They cited a religious justification for attacking Islam and claim Biblical and moral support for their position. They were the firmest warfare statists in Bush's ideological arsenal.
Laurence Vance shares their religious position but not their politics. He grappled with them throughout the decade, and through this struggle wrote a book that closely examines the moral responsibilities of religious people in times of war. He points out that to sign on to war means endorsing the most grim aspect of the state, including its lies and theft and mass death.
Vance paid a high personal price for his writings, which are gathered in this excellent book. He lost his teaching position at a Bible college. But in doing so, he has also left all future generations of Christians an excellent defense of a truly historical Christian position in favor of peace and freedom.
The book is 432 pages and sure to rattle the evangelical establishment for many years to come.
Much like neoconservatives have lost their way in the political arena, I think many Christians have lost their way spiritually. For a long time I was uncomfortable with modern religion (and its "leaders") because I could not rationalize how men of God could be so brazenly pro-war, especially when millions of innocents are killed as a result. Laurence Vance shows in exquisite detail how non-defensive war and Christianity are mutually exclusive ideas. This book makes me want to be a better Christian.
This book is the spiritual equivalent of Jesus Huerta de Soto's treatise on ABCT. Simply awesome.
God bless Laurence Vance!
This is probably the best book concerning Christians and War that I have ever read. It changed my mind completely concerning the issue of war. I intend to place a copy of this book in every High School library in the county I live in. God give us more courageous writers like Laurence Vance!
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