Military Chaplaincy in Contention
11 June 2013
June 13 2012
Military chaplains explore morality of conflict
An unique book being launched next week explores the moral role of chaplains in the Armed Forces.
This fascinating collection of essays draws directly on the experiences and challenges of people who have been ministering to soldiers on the front line of battle in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade.
Titled Military Chaplaincy in Contention - Chaplains, Churches and the Morality of Conflict, the book is the first to come out of the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and is edited by the Centre’s director, Revd Canon Dr Andrew Todd.
It discusses moral and ethical issues around terrorism, interrogation, soldiers’ morale, the “robotisation” of war and even the use of prayers and services on operations. One chapter by a serving chaplain was written mostly while he was in Afghanistan.
Dr Todd said the book grew out of a partnership between the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies and chaplains in the Armed Forces dating back to 2001.
He said, “The project which gave rise to the book was originally supported by the British Academy who funded workshops at which chaplains and others associated with the Centre came together to talk about the moral questions facing Forces’ chaplains today, and their moral role within the services. The book tackles a number of these issues. It is very contemporary and was written with current operations in Afghanistan in mind.”
The Chaplain General of the British Army, The Revd Jonathan Woodhouse QHC, said the book was unique, “There is nothing else like it on the market which looks at British Military chaplaincy in this way. The mix of high-octane up-to-date operational Army chaplaincy experience gained over the past ten years in Iraq and Afghanistan is one thing. When you combine that experience in the field with serious theological and ethical reflection from both British Army chaplains and the professional theological expertise of the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, this book becomes something quite special. Here is a visionary, challenging, contentious and serious examination of ethical theory and practical decision-making in the military realm.
“I hope this book plays a leading part in the development of military chaplains in their thinking and in the influence we can have in the realm of moral guidance, especially in the British military context.”
Military Chaplaincy in Contention - Chaplains, Churches and the Morality of Conflict will be launched on Monday at 5pm at St Michael’s College, Cardiff. It is published by Ashgate, £17.99.
The Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies is a partnership between St Michael's College and Cardiff University. For more about their work www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/chaplaincystudies/index.html
View this title online at: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409431589