Peter J. Gomes, Jean Bethke Elshtain and Chris Hedges —
Religion in a Time of War

More than any crisis in modern memory, the War on Terror—including the current U.S. military presence in Iraq—is being debated in religious, usually Christian, terms. We explore the nuances of that debate with a former war correspondent, a political theorist, and a renowned preacher. We ask how and whether Christian principles really make a difference at this moment in our national life—and if not, why not?

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Peter J. Gomes

is the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and minister to Memorial Church at Harvard University.

Jean Bethke Elshtain

was a professor at the University of Chicago, leading political theorist, and author of Just War on Terror: The Burden of American Power in a Violent World.

Chris Hedges

is a writer for The New York Times, veteran war correspondent, and author of War is a Force that Gives us Meaning.

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Reinhold Niebuhr on War

During a lecture in the 1950s, the religious thinker and social commentator talks about how Christians should approach war. He touches on Harry Truman's decision to drop the A-bomb, the Korean War, the Sermon on the Mount, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was hanged for his part in plots to kill Hitler.

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U.S. Army Chaplain, Capt. John Barkemeyer, of the 1-3 BTB, 1 BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, holds Mass for soldiers on a remote Contingency Operating Base (COB) in Ramadi, Iraq on September 20, 2007. Chaplain Barkemeyer's mission consists of traveling to various COBs along the outer perimeter of Ramadi to deliver the religious and spiritual support the Soldiers need.

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