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    Winning Souls and Minds: The Military's Religion Problem and the Global War on Terror.John D. Carlson - 2008 - Journal of Military Ethics 7 (2):85-101.
    Like many secular institutions in the West, the military often has overlooked the role religion plays in political life and conflict. The United States and its military increasingly are enmeshed in religiously charged struggles associated with the global ?war on terror? that require a more complex understanding of religion than traditional military education and training affords. A different approach, therefore, is needed given the high stakes and perils of not comprehending how religion is part of the problem in the wars (...)
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    Is There a Christian Realist Theory of War and Peace?John D. Carlson - 2008 - Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 28 (1):133-161.
    Just war's engagement with pacifism has shaped the discourse of war within and beyond Christian ethics. Less attention has been given to Christian realism's relationship to just war thought or to the possibilities such a dialogue might disclose. This essay examines certain features of the Christian realist Reinhold Niebuhr's moral, theological, and political thought to consider the promise of a Christian realist theory of justifiable war.
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    The Morality, Politics, and Irony of War: Recovering Reinhold Niebuhr's Ethical Realism.John D. Carlson - 2008 - Journal of Religious Ethics 36 (4):619-651.
    The American experience of war is ironic. That is, there is often an intimate and unexamined relationship between seemingly contrary elements in war such as morality and politics. This article argues that without understanding such irony, we are unlikely to reflect in morally comprehensive ways on past, present, or future wars. Traditional schools of thought, however, such as moralism and political realism, reinforce these apparent contradictions. I propose, then, an alternative—"ethical realism" as informed by Reinhold Niebuhr—that better explains the irony (...)
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