Thursday, March 20, 2014
War and Peace Review from Dialogue
From the newest issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, a review of War & Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives. Reviewer Rachel Esplin Odell calls the book "an instructive contribution that expands, deepens, and refines conversation about questions of war and peace in the LDS tradition." She concludes: "The diversity of LDS thought represented in this volume indicates that Mormon theological resources can inform an array of stances on both these complex concrete issues, as well as broader ethical principles regarding questions of war and peace. Indeed, given the varied and at times contradictory approaches to violence and politics in LDS history and scripture, it is difficult to identify a definitive Mormon paradigm regarding pacifism or just war. Rather than impede the growth of LDS thought on war and peace, however, the lack of such an obvious framework instead provides fertile ground for further discussion and examination of such subjects within the Mormon community."