By Jonathan Tran
The Vietnam warfare and Theologies of Memory develops a theological research of the yankee struggle in Vietnam and constructs a Christian account of reminiscence with regards to this tragic conflict.
- An elegantly written mirrored image of reminiscence and forgiveness, this targeted paintings explores the ecclesial perform of reminiscence relating to the yankee warfare in Vietnam
- Questions how and why we decide to recollect atrocity, and asks if it is ever moral to easily forget
- Explores the theological different types of time and eternity, and the guidelines of thinkers together with Aquinas, Augustine, and Barth
- Reveals broader insights approximately historical past, reminiscence, and redemption
- Resonates past the sphere of theological inquiry via providing a broader research of warfare completely suitable to our time
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Privatized time, ironically, spreads outward, colonizing as assertions of autonomy grasp and swell collaterally. Severed from eternal being, creaturely positivity thrashes about for meaning. 13 Indeed, the history of “civilization” has often been mythologized as the spread of technologies that allow for greater efﬁciency and control of the unexpected. In the material instantiations of its so-called “manifest destiny,” the West has too often viewed itself as offering the world a more productive temporality.
8 Augustine, Confessions, trans. Henry Chadwick (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), 29. Thirty years after starring in the largely unsuccessful prosecution of the My Lai Massacre, Michael Bernhardt reflected on the military’s response to the war crime: “I had hoped the army would come out of this with a sense of purpose, knowing why and what we are doing. That a change in culture would begin where we started rewarding officers who acted out of responsibility instead of careerism. But they studied this particular group of soldiers like they lived in a vacuum.
Boredom and Atrocity On February 8, 1968, James Henry’s 3rd Platoon came upon 19 unarmed women and children. Operating under the directive to “kill everything that moves,” the platoon turned their automatic weapons on the civilians: “It was over in a few seconds. ” Indeed, the civilian massacre was not the first Henry witnessed that day. By midmorning the platoon had already waylaid many civilians, including raping a young woman and murdering an elderly man: “He was held down on the ground and the APC ran him over twice.
The Vietnam War and Theologies of Memory: Time and Eternity in the Far Country by Jonathan Tran