Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Resources: Week 10/3-10/9/05
1. This wikipedia entry gives a thorough definition of "Militarism" and considers some of the history behind it. It also provides several links to examples of this phenomenon occurring in history.
2. This is an excellent article on terrorism, specifically focusing on the School of the Americas. It questions the sources of terrorism and considers a response to it.
3. The American Friends Service Committee is a branch of the Quaker denomination, but they also include others that are not from their denomination who are committed to their mission and values. This website is important to our topic because it is a group of Christ-followers who have put thoughtful work into responding to the issues of War, Terrorism, and Militarism.
4. This article is relevant, mainly because it is such a current statement of the situation we in the United States find ourselves in with our continued relationship with Iraq. Our Vice President describes the necessity of ongoing U.S. military presence in order to prevent terrorism.
5. This website is astonishing. I was a little hesitant to put it on here because I have not checked its accuracy. However, it still provides insight into the general sentiments of a portion of our population towards the war.
6. Here we are presented with an historical overview of the just war theory. This article gives a fairly concise explanation of the idea of just war.
7. George Weigel, "Moral Clarity in a Time of War," First Things, December 2002- This is an interesting article, where the author not only defends the just war position, but also challenges the reader to consider how the theory should be put into practice in our context now.
8. This brief article summarizes the position of two different stances that Christ-followers have taken regarding war.
9. This site keeps readers posted on the current status of terrorism and states the risk level that we are undergoing at the time. It lists hundreds of up-to-date articles on the subject.
10. God's Politics by Jim Wallis- Part 3 of this book specifically deals with the topics we are discussing. He considers what it means to be a Christ-follower and how that effects our view on international relations.


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10:50 PM  
Blogger Joshua Martinez said...

The article on the school of the America's is something I think that we really need to take a closer look at. Especially, there position of "not being liable for the graduates that come out of their schools." Also the site costofwar. can show where the U.S. real interests lie, especially concerning their monetary policies. Finally, the article on Moral Clarity makes a strong claim that the moral muteness stance is a moral stance, which the Realist in War does not want to admit. (The Realist is somewhat explained in my article)I think our biggest challenge is being able to really understand the plausibility of the Just War stance, and its relationship to Pacifism.

11:16 AM  
Blogger David_D_Kim said...

Jessi, it’s great to see such a wide array of different resources up on your site. There is definitely a sense that all facets of the issues were explored and that you sought to present a balanced list of resources that seeks, at least at this stage, to inform us of basic definitions and the main positions that are out there. The use of some religious publications, some international resources, articles and books, and all together, they provide a wide range of different perspectives and types of sources that are at our disposal. Therefore, since you seem to have a knack for sorting through tons of information and presenting a clear, balanced perspective, I nominate YOU to be the webmaster for our group wiki. Haha! JK.

The George Weigel article was informative, but seemed more like a defense and a clarification of Just War Theory versus a biblical defense of it, so I found myself not really liking Mr. Weigel… just in terms of this project, of course. I’m sure he’s a great guy. But in all seriousness, I think we do have the question whether or not Just War requires a “presupposition of nonviolence.” Even if it doesn’t, as Weigel insists, I think it should. The resource is a good summary of Just War.

The site seems a bit iffy to me. I have similar reservations about its methodology and accuracy, and even if it is accurate, I don’t want to go down the route of making an economic argument for pacifism. But Josh made a great point in that if nothing else, it shows the priorities of our government (if it is accurate), and we can seriously raise the question of whether this is what Paul meant in Romans when he said that the governments were instituted to do good.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Lea M. Chavez said...

The School of Americas, it's important to me to question US relationship with the act of terrorism, however I believe in doing so we'd have to look causes of fear and the media influence on it, this would require an internal (within the US) analysis. So once establishing how we will define it, consider comparing the actions, maybe US acts historically and presently,in comparison to another group or country the US calls terrorists.I beleive a source like the Quaker site can contribute to Example of Jesus-followers in response to this problem section.

2:38 AM  
Blogger Lea M. Chavez said...

I too noticed that you provided a well balanced list of sources. Please, give me some tips. I'm a little rusty...I do plan on giving you more feedback. I didn't get to check all your sources.

2:42 AM  
Blogger C. Wess Daniels said...

Jessi, nice job on the resources, for week 3 I would like to see the synthesis and analysis of the stuff you found in a post too. Thanks.

8:25 PM  

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