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I welcome the comments and suggestions of readers on the contents of the Journal and welcome inquiries and manuscripts that are relevant to its purpose and scope. —The Editor (for new readers, the bold titles preceding the titles of content identify the sections in which these papers were initially published in the Journal. Refer to the "Menu" in the left-hand column of this page.)

God, Man and War / The History of War The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, President Ronald Reagan's remarks at Normandy on the 40th Anniversary of the D-Day landings

God, Man and War / God and Human Nature Religion and Public Life in America in the 21st Century, by R.R. Reno, Ph.D., Editor, First Things: America's Most Influential Journal of Religion and Public Life

Here are a "Baker's Dozen" of the Most-Viewed papers in this Journal. Please send me papers, reviews, and commentaries on the spiritual foundations that inspire the moral/ethical values of the English-speaking nations and their armed forces. I also seek articles that focus on freedom of religious belief and exercise and appropriate ways to integrate faith in military service and leadership. Send manuscripts to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . —the editor

The Religious Rights of Those in Uniform, by Jay Alan Sekulow, D.Jur., American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Robert Ash, D.Jur., Associate Professor of Law, Regent University, Virginia

U.S. Army White Paper: The Profession of Arms and the Army Ethic (2010), prepared by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE)

The Problem of Universal Ethics for Christian Pacifism, by Daniel R. Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Just War in the 21st Century, by Peter Lee, Ph.D., Lecturer in Air Power Studies at Royal Air Force College Cranwell in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Religious Expression or Religious Coercion: Commanders Caught in the Crossfire, by Chaplain (Colonel) Jimmy Browning, U.S. Air Force

Christianity and the Intelligence Profession, by Colonel Charles A. "Tony" Pfaff, U.S. Army

The Role of Religion in U.S. National Security Policy since 9/11, by Chaplain (Colonel) Jonathan E. Shaw, U.S. Army

A Lesson on Apology for Soldiers and Diplomats, by Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Bruce Sidebotham, U.S. Army Reserve

Biblical Perspectives on a Christian's Service in War, by Al Shine, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired

Calling and the Military Profession: Part 3, by Scott Frickenstein, Colonel, U.S. Air Force

A Communique in Response to the 2011 U.S. National Strategy for Counterrorism, from the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

Pointing North: Lessons Learned by an Infantry Platoon Commander in Afghanistan, by First Lieutenant Paddy Bury, Royal Irish Regiment

Shrinking in Christ: The Power of Selfless Service, by Lee E. DeRemer, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired

The views expressed in this Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations and institutions in which they serve—or of ACCTS, its governing board, and its staff.

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Spring 2013

God, Man and War / History of War The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, remarks by President Ronald Reagan, 6 June 1984, at the 40th Anniversary Remembrance of D-Day in Europe.

God, Man and War / God and Human Nature

The Moral Foundations of Society, by Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, LG, OM, PC, FRS, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Christianity and Islam: The Differences in the Societies They Create, by Bruce Sidebotham, D.Min., Director of Operation Reveille and Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) U.S. Army Reserve

Islamist Jihad in the 21st Century, by Reverend Wylie W. Johnson, D.Min., M.Div., M.S.S.; Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Reserve (Retired), Senior Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, Pennsylvania

NATIONAL SECURITY / Strategic Leadership

The Religious Rights of Those in Uniform, by Jay Alan Sekulow, D. Jur., Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and  Robert W. Ash, D. Jur.. Associate Professor of Law, Regent University, Virginia

Religious Expression or Religious Coercion: Commanders Caught in the Crossfire, by Chaplain (Colonel) Jimmy Browning, U.S. Air Force, M.Div., D.Min, M.S

LEADERSHIP / Developing and Teaching Leadership Doctrine Biblical Perspectives on a Christian's Service in War, by Colonel Al Shine, U.S. Army, Retired, MA

LEADERSHIP / Practicing and Mentoring Leadership The Authentic Witness of the Soldier Christian, by Don M. Snider, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College and the Strategic Studies Institute

Book Review: Serving God and Country: U.S. Military Chaplains in World War II, author: Lyle Dorsett, reviewed by Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Stan Giles, Tennessee Army National Guard

Returning readers: The three major categories of archived papers that appeared near the top of the homepage in the previous edition of this Journal now appear below the Fall 2012 papers, but in a different order.

Fall 2012 (no Winter edition for 2012-2013)

GOD, MAN and WAR / History of War Just War Over Cyber Networks, by Reverend Wylie W. Johnson, D.Min., M.Div., M.S.S.; Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Reserve (Retired), Senior Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield, Pennsylvania

NATIONAL SECURITY / Strategic Leadership
Two Commentaries on Religious Freedom and Expression
, by Rev. Dr. Brian J. Lee, Pastor of Christ Reformed Church, Washington, D.C.

This special edition also highlights papers that explore spiritual service and leadership in the military professional, foundations of service in the Profession of Arms, Just War Theory in the  21st century, and the struggle of two worldviews to dominate Western Civilization: Faith in Man vs. Faith in God. —Don Martin Jr., Publisher and Editor

Essays on Integrating Biblical Faith with Service and Leadership in the Armed Forces and Security Forces (former title: Essays on Professional Service and Leadership in the Armed Forces and Security Forces)

The Problem of Universal Ethics for Christian Pacifism, by Professor Daniel R. Heimbach

Jesus and Pacifism, by Chaplain (Colonel) Wylie W. Johnson, U.S. Army Reserve, Retired

Why I Am Not a Pacifist, by Professor Daniel R. Heimbach

"Calling" and the Military Profession: (in Three Parts), by Colonel Scott Frickenstein, U.S. Air Force

"Calling" and the Military Profession: Part 1

"Calling" and the Military Profession: Part 2

"Calling" and the Military Profession: Part 3

Christianity, Virtue and the Intelligence Profession, by Colonel Charles A. "Tony" Pfaff, U.S. Army

Shrinking in Christ: The Power of Selfless Service, by Colonel Lee DeRemer, U.S. Air Force, Retired

The Authentic Witness of the Soldier Christian, by Colonel Don M. Snider, U.S. Army, Retired

Biblical Perspectives on a Christian's Service in War, by Colonel Al Shine, U.S. Army, Retired, MA

Pointing North: Lessons Learned by an Infantry Platoon Commander in Afghanistan, by First Lieutenant Patrick "Paddy" Bury, Royal Irish Regiment, British Army

Religious Expression or Religious Coercion: Commanders Caught in the Crossfire, by Chaplain (Colonel) Jimmy Browning, U.S. Air Force

Essays that Address Foundations of Service in the Profession of Arms and the Relevance of Just War Concepts in the 21st Century

The U.S. Army White Paper: The Profession of Arms and the Army Ethic (2010), by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE)

Religious Perceptions of the Just War and Military Ethics, by Colonel Ivar Hellberg, British Army, Retired, OBE

Beyond the Limits of Codified Morality: A Christian Military Ethic, by Professor Peter Lee

Just War in the 21st Century, by Professor Peter Lee

Caught by Surprise: Post-Cold War Geopolitics and the Relevance of the Just War Tradition, by Professor J. Daryl Charles

The Moral Crisis of Just War: Beyond Deontology toward a Professional Military Ethic, by Professor Daniel M. Bell Jr.

The Call to Arms: Christianity and the Just War Tradition, by Major Patrick J. Reimnitz, U.S. Air Force

The Future of Western War, by Professor Victor Davis Hanson

Essays on the Struggle for Dominance in Western Civilization between Faith in Secular Worldviews and Faith in God

The Moral Foundations of Society, by Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Creed and Culture in the American Founding, by Professor Bradley C.S. Watson

The Abusive Exploitation of the Human Religious Sentiment--Michael Burleigh as Historian of "Political Religion," a review by Professor Daniel J. Mahoney of Michael Burleigh's books on Germany in the Nazi era and the major political struggles that have shaped Western Civilization from the latter 1700s until today

Ancient and Modern Nation Building, by Dov S. Zakheim

Equally Not Nothing, by Professor Peter Augustine Lawler, A review of Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, by David Bentley Hart

Humanism on Trial, by Emeritus Professor Hugh Mercer Curtler, a review of The Wreck of Western Culture, by John Carroll

Conservatism, Christianity, and the Revitalization of Europe, by Professor Emeritus Lee Congdon

The Fall of the  Modern Age?, by Professor Neil G. Robertson, A review of Icarus Fallen: The Search for Meaning in the Modern Age, by Chantal Delsol

Why Modern, Liberal, Pluralistic, Secularist Democracies Cannot Educate Themselves, by Professor Thaddeus J. Kozinski

A Time to Stand, by Os Guiness, DPhil

In the "Main Menu" at left on this page, or by scrolling down on it, you will find another 30 papers that relate to the focus of this Journal, which is exploring the spiritual domain of national defense decision-making and leadership in the English-speaking nations.

Call for Papers: I am particularly interested in papers that address the following topics as they relate to defense of the English-speaking nations:

1) How to appropriately integrate one's faith into one's service and leadership in the armed forces and security forces

2) The necessity for commanders and leaders at all levels of our national defense structures to cultivate spiritual knowledge and wisdom concerning the roles of faith in our own defense preparedness, and in the military and security forces of our allies and our enemies

3) How the Judeo-Christian tradition serves as the primary foundation of our nations' ideals,  the core values of our military and security forces, and the source of effective character development in military leaders and followers.

Authors are invited to submit either original or previously-published manuscripts for this and future editions. Refer to the information in "About JFW" in the main menu at left, or contact the editor at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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The views expressed in this Journal are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations and institutions in which they serve—or of ACCTS, its governing board, and its staff.

Scroll down to see the papers published in previous editions of this Journal.