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These seventy-six essays, organized under the headings of Christianity and War, Christianity and the Military, Christianity and the Warfare State, and Christianity and Torture, have one underlying theme: the relation of Christianity to war, the military, and the warfare state. If there is any group of people that should be opposed to war, torture, militarism, and the warfare state with its suppression of civil liberties, imperial presidency, government propaganda, and interventionist foreign policy it is Christians, and especially conservative, evangelical, and fundamentalist Christians who claim to strictly follow the dictates of Scripture and worship the Prince of Peace. Although many of these essays reference contemporary events, the principles discussed in all of them are timeless: war, militarism, the warfare state, and especially the proper Christian attitude toward these things. Order here.

 

 

 

These 127 essays, although organized under seven headings, have one underlying theme: opposition to the warfare state that robs us of our liberty, our money, and in some cases our life. Conservatives who decry the welfare state while supporting the warfare state are terribly inconsistent. The two are inseparable. Libertarians who are opposed to war on principle, but support the state’s bogus “war on terrorism,” even as they remain silent about the U.S. global empire, are likewise contradictory. Although many of these essays reference contemporary events, the principles discussed in all of them are timeless: war, militarism, empire, interventionism, and the warfare state. Order here.

 

 

 


   

A collection of eight essays by Laurence M. Vance that chronicle the failure of the Republican Revolution. The so-called Republican Revolution began on January 3, 1995, after the Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress in the 1994 midterm elections. The last time this happened was the congressional elections of 1952. The Revolution officially came to an end on January 20, 2009, when George Bush’s second term as president came to a well-deserved and much-anticipated end. It is my contention that conservatives who think the Republican Party is the party of conservatism are mistaken, Christians who think the Republican Party is the party of God are deceived, and anyone who thinks the Republican Party is the lesser of two evils is ignorant. The Republican Party had a chance to roll back the size, scope, and cost of the federal government, but failed miserably. It is truly the party of Lincoln—the party of war, crony capitalism, pious platitudes, empty rhetoric, big government, and an imperial presidency. Order here.

 

 

  

The legacy of World War II is a gruesome one. The bombing of civilians on a grand scale was adopted as an intentional policy. The killing of innocents at a distance was made part of our national character. The military/industrial warfare state became a permanent fixture in the United States. World War II ushered in the nuclear age of mutually assured destruction. The war also set a precedent for later interventions by the world's new superpower. Yet, although over 50 million people died in the war—including 405,000 Americans—it is still universally recognized as the Good War. It is time to rethink the Good War. Initially written on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland that officially began World War II, this essay was originally published on LewRockwell.com. Order here.

 


There are seventeen books from the Classic Reprints series that relate to war and peace or the nature of government that are offered for sale by the Francis Wayland Institute because they uphold the ideals of the Institute.