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1917 and the Ruin of Beautiful Things

This one comes to us from Jeb Ralston. We do not seek peace in order to be at war, but we go to war that we may have peace. – Augustine 1917 is a brutal and beautiful film. The shots of falling cherry-blossoms complemented by the terrific lighting contrast scenes of corpses integrated seamlessly into the […]

What (Not) to Do When There Is a War on Everything

Of all the noble feelings which fill the human heart in the exciting tumult of battle, none, we must admit, are so powerful and constant as the soul’s thirst for honor and renown. – Carl von Clausewitz In addition to the trade war and the culture wars and the war on drugs, you may have […]

No Hands Are Clean But Christ’s: Phil Klay’s Redeployment

“Twenty centuries of Christianity,” I said. “You’d think we’d learn.” I fingered the small cross. “In this world, He only promises we don’t suffer alone.” -Phil Klay, Redeployment 2014’s National Book Award winner is an unusual one in several ways. First, it is not a novel but a collection of short stories. Its author is […]

Some Thoughts on Wartime Mentality and the Fear of God

This reflection comes from Brooks Tate. After writing The Perfect Storm (1997), Sebastian Junger wrote War (2010), a melting pot of observations of the American soldier in Afghanistan. In segments over a 15-month period, Junger joins the Battle Company in the Korengal Valley, home of the heaviest fighting in Afghanistan. Multiple firefights in a day […]

PZ’s Podcast: Brandy Station, Pillar of Salt, Elevator, Peaches La Verne, Hero of the War

Episode 133: Brandy Station This one is about the creative process, the listening to God, as I would put it; and also about the Peace of God, to bring about the reconciling of opposites in the healing of the world. I was thinking about “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens, which put me in touch with […]