The Business of War

Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Military-Industrial Complex

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James McCarty, Matthew Tapie, Justin Bronson Barringer
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , October
     278 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Nicholas Spencer forthcoming.


The Business of War incisively interrogates the development and contemporary implications of the military-industrial complex. It exposes the moral dangers of life in neoliberal economies dependent upon war-making for their growth and brings the Christian tradition's abundance of resources into conversation with this phenomenon. In doing so, the authors invite us to rethink the moral possibilities of Christian life in the present day with an eye toward faithful resistance to "the business of war" and its influence in every aspect of our lives. In combining biblical, historical, theological, and ethical analyses of "the business of war," the authors invite us to better understand it as a new moral problem that demands a new, faithful response.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

James McCarty is director of the Center for Equity and Inclusion and affiliate professor of education at the University of Washington Tacoma. He has published essays on racial justice, restorative justice, and peacebuilding in journals including the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Theology and Sexuality, and the Journal of Law and Religion.

Matthew A. Tapie is assistant professor of theology and director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at St. Leo University. He is the author of Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas.

Justin Bronson Barringer is a PhD candidate in religious ethics at Southern Methodist University. He is coeditor of A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence and Practicing the Kingdom: Essays on Hospitality, Community, and Friendship in Honor of Christine Pohl (forthcoming).


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