Moral Health Bibliography

Conscience & War: A Bibliography

by Logan Mehl-Laituri 


  • After the Yellow Ribbon. Scholars and practitioners of all disciplines, from music and the arts to theology and mental health, respond to the challenge presented by the plight of soldiers and veterans in our midst at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC over Veterans Day weekend in 2011. Organized and presented by student group Milites Christi
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  • Centurions Guild. A community of Christian service members committed to protect and defend past, present, and prospective service members while bearing true faith and allegiance to God. Read more at <>, and;
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    • “Change of Command” newsletters; <>
    • Sign up for e-updates; <>
  • Jesus Bombs, & Ice Cream. A host of talented friends joined Shane Claiborne and Ben Cohen for this DVD extravaganza, adding their gifts and imaginations to the growing movement of people who want to live in a world with fewer bombs and more ice cream.
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  • Truth Commission on Conscience in War (TCCW) & Soul Repair. Rita Nakashima Brock and Gabriella Lettini (authors cited above) convened the 2010 TCCW to honor and protect freedom of conscience for our nation’s service members, based on the documentary Soldiers of Conscience, and culminating in the 2012 publication of their book Soul Repair(see below) and accompanying center at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth, TX.
    • Truth Commission website & testimonies; <>
    • Soul Repair book; <;
    • Soul Repair Center; <>


  • Boyle, Beth. Words of Conscience: Religious Statements on Conscientious Objection. National Inter-Religious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors, 1983.
  • Bell, Daniel. Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather Than the State. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2009.
  • Brock, Rita Nakashima and Lettini, Gabriella. Soul Repair; Recovering from Moral Injury After War. Boston: Beacon, 2012.
  • Casteel, Joshua. Letters from Abu Ghraib. Ithaca, NY: Essay, 2008.
  • Twain, Mark. “The War Prayer,” Harpers Monthly (November, 1916).
  • Foster, Gregory D. “Selective Conscientious Objection.” Society 46, no. 5 (2009): 390–93.
  • Glantz, Aaron. Winter Soldier Iraq & Afghanistan; Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2008.
  • Grossman, Dave. On Killing. New York: Back Bay, 2009.
  • Hauerwas, Stanley. War & the American Difference; Theological Reflections on Violence & National Identity. Ada, MI: Baker Academic, 2011
  • Hedges, Chris. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. New York: Anchor, 2003.
  • Kilner, Pete. “A Moral Justification for Killing in War,” Army Magazine, February, 2010.
  • Lifton, Robert Jay. Home From the War; Learning from Vietnam Veterans. New York: Other Press, 2005.
  • Mahedy, William P. Out of the Night; The Spiritual Journey of Vietnam Vets. Knoxville, Tn.: Greyhound Books, 2005.
  • Malament, David. “Selective Conscientious Objection and Gillette Decision.” Philosophy and Public Affairs 1, no. 4 (July 1, 1972): 363–86.
  • Marin, Peter. “Living in Moral Pain,” in Freedom & its Discontents; Reflections on Four Decades of American Moral Experience. Hanover, NH: Steerforth Press, 1995.
  • Marlantes, Karl. What it is Like to go to War. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2011.
  • Marshall, S.L.A. Men Against Fire; The Problem of Battle Command. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2000.
  • McDonald, Patricia. God & Violence: Biblical Resources for Living in a Small World. Harrisonburg, Va.: Herald, 2004.
  • Mehl-Laituri, Logan. Reborn on the Fourth of July; The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism, & Conscience. Downers Grove, Il: Intervarsity Press, 2012.
  • Ramsey, Paul. The Just War: Force & Political Responsibility. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • Schlissel, Lillian. Conscience in America: A Documentary History of Conscientious Objection in America, 1757-1967. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1968.
  • Shay, Jonathan. Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.
    • Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma & Trials of Homecoming. New York: Scribner, 2003.
  • Thompson, David A., and Darlene Wetterstrom. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Nashville: Abingdon, 2009.
  • Tick, Edward. War and the Soul: Healing our Nation’s Veterans from PTSD. Wheaton, Ill.: Quest, 2005.
  • Trocmé, André. Jesus and The Nonviolent Revolution. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2004. Available for free download at <>.
  • United States Council of Catholic Bishops. Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. New York: Image, 1995.
  • Verkamp, Bernard. Moral Treatment of Returning Warriors in Early Medieval and Modern Times. Scranton, Pa.: University of Scranton Press, 2006.
  • Walzer, Michael. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations. Boston: Basic, 2003.
  • Wink, Walter. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.
  • Yoder, John Howard. The Christian Witness to the State. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald, 2002.
    • When War Is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2001.
    • What would You Do? Harrisonburg, VA: Herald, 1992


  • Another World is Possible, Volume One: War. Directed by Jamie Moffett. Philadelphia, PA: Jamie Moffett Media Design & Production, 2010. Available at <>
  • Chaplains Under Fire. Directed by Terry Nickelson and Lee Lawrence. Pisgah Forrest, NC: IHSY, LLC, 2010. Read more at <>
  • The Conscientious Objector. Directed by Terry Benedict. San Jose, CA: Cinequest, 2004
  • The Fog of War. Directed by Errol Morris. New York, NY: Sony Pictures Classics, 2003.
  • The Ground Truth. Directed by Patricia Foulkrod. Universal City, CA: Focus Features, 2006.
  • Restrepo. Directed by Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger. San Francisco: Outpost, 2010
  • Soldiers of Conscience. Directed by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg. Albany, CA: Luna Productions, 2007.
  • This is Where We Take Our Stand. Directed by David Zeiger and Mike Majoros. Los Angeles, CA: Displaced Films, 2012.
  • The Tillman Story. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev. New York, NY: A&E Indie Films, 2010.
  • To Hell and Back Again. Directed by Danfung Dennis. New York: Docurama Films, 2012.
  • Winter Soldier. Directed by Rusty Sachs, Joe Bangert, and Scott Shimabukuro. Detroit, MI: WinterFilm Collective, 1972.
  • Why We Fight. Directed by Eugene Jarecki. Culver City, CA: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2005.

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