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Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy
Synopsis: Why do many U.S. residents, Catholics and Catholic leaders among them, too often fall short of adequately challenging the use of violence in U.S. policy? The opportunities and developments in approaches to peacemaking have been growing at a significant rate. However, violent methods continue to hold significant sway in U.S. policy and society as the commonly ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published July 11th 2012 by Pickwick Publications
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Sep 28, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
McCarthy's book is a clearly-written, if academic and dry, discussion of the ways we frame nonviolent peacemaking. He proposes that we adopt a virtue-based framework in favor of the more "pragmatic" frameworks now in place. As a sometime practitioner of nonviolent peacemaking, McCarthy's proposal fits well with my lived experience; it also offers a way to consider two important questions for individuals, communities and nations: Who are we becoming? and Who ought we to become?