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War Remembrance, Religion and Nation: A Photo Essay

I’ve been interested in the way societies remember war ever since I began to seriously study how war is socially constructed and legitimated. I have a fascination with war memorials and the kind of ‘banal militarism’ they represent and engender. … Continue reading

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My Journey to Pacifism

“Hi, my name is Richard and I’m a pacifist. Hi, Richard! I’ve been off violence for eleven months and twenty days…”   I It can be quite hard to admit that you’re a pacifist these days. Say the words out … Continue reading

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Scripture Readings for the Modern Military

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with great military might. (Psalm 29: 11) Turn from evil and do good; seek security and pursue it with swords and chariots. (Psalm 34: 14) He will judge … Continue reading

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If Israel’s war on Gaza was a rugby match…

If Israel’s war on Gaza was a rugby match, it would be like the All Blacks playing a small provincial team from one of the poorer Pacific Islands – after kidnapping them, rendering them to New Zealand, and forcing them … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pointless war

I can barely bring myself to check the internet or watch the news because it’s so painful to watch this utterly pointless war, to see the inhumanity of it, its loud, dazzling suffering broadcast to the whole world. In this … Continue reading

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My Last Remembrance Day Service

I don’t know why I did it. Deep inside I knew it would be painful and upsetting, but I went along anyway. I guess I had hoped that Remembrance Day events in New Zealand would be a little less militaristic, … Continue reading

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There is no justification for Hiroshima – or the possession of nuclear weapons

I am so tired of arguing about whether the atomic attacks on Japan were necessary for ending the war, or whether they might have saved the lives of thousands of American soldiers who would have otherwise had to invade the … Continue reading

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