Chaplaincy highlights the need for faith and society to re-engage with vital moral questions. Military chaplains continue to operate within the dynamic tension between faith communities, the armed services and society, offering a distinct moral presence and contribution. Drawing the reader into the world of the military chaplain, this book explores insights into the complex moral issues that arise in combat (especially in Afghanistan), and in everyday military life, These include the the increasing significance of the Law of Armed Conflict and the moral significance of drones. Through the unique chaplain’s eye view of the significance of their experience for understanding the ethics of war, this book offers clearer understanding of chaplaincy in the context of the changing nature of international conflict (shaped around insurgency and non-state forces) and explores the response of faith communities to the role of the armed services. It makes the case for relocating understandings of just war within a theological framework and for a clear understanding of the relationship between the mission of chaplaincy and that of the military.
’The presence of Christian chaplains on the battlefield focuses in a very sharp way the wider tension between a gospel of peace and the need for armed force in a brutal world. I welcome this book as a much needed and valuable contribution from those with first-hand experience of the role and the willingness to think theologically about that tension and the dilemmas it poses.’ Professor The Rt Revd Lord Richard Harries '… well-researched and written and […] an important contribution to the debate which should be taking place.' The Pastoral Review
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