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Torture: Religious Ethics And National Security [Paperback]

By John Perry (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2005
Publisher   Novalis Press (CN)
ISBN  1570756074  
EAN  9781570756078  

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Until recently, torture was chiefly associated with foreign juntas or other notorious human rights abusers. In light of the "war on terror" this has changed dramatically. Whether it is the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the policy of "extraordinary rendition" of terror suspects into the hands of overseas interrogators, or questions regarding the authority of the U.S. President to take extreme measures for the sake of national security--suddenly the practice of torture has become a matter of urgent public debate. Reviewing the history and practice of torture, and the arguments used to justify it, Perry takes us into minds of both the torturers and their victims. Ultimately, showing why torture is different from other acts of war, and why it is fundamentally immoral: "not only because it violates the dignity we owe to the human person but also because it directly or indirectly degrades any society that would tolerate it."

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Not what I expected  Nov 2, 2008
If your looking to read up on the religious and political comparisons on torture and how it is viewed or 'used' I guess this is an okay read. I didn't even get through the book, but I guess I was looking for a more historic view of how torture has affected it. I have been reading about POW/MIA's and thought this would give me more insight as to what some people have been through but it didn't do that for me.
An intellectual study of the history and meaning of torture and the clarification of what makes it immoral   Mar 15, 2006
Torture: Religious Ethics And National Security by Jesuit priest and professor of ethics John Perry is an intellectual study of the history and meaning of torture and the clarification of what makes it immoral from an especially Christian perspective. As Perry introduces his own views, he also presents the perspective of both the torture victim and the torturer, giving an equal layout without a bias on the debate. Especially relevant with respect to the current national dialogue arising from the Bush administration's purported views on the subject arising from the current global "War on Terrorism", Torture informs the reader of many varying ideals and paradigms of the issue and is highly recommended for its educational and informative content to all non-specialist general readers.
The Indelible Effects of Torture  Jan 6, 2006
Fr. John Perry, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and adjunct professor of ethics at the Arthur V. Maura Center for Peace and Justice, St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba, Canada.

In this book he deals with institutional torture and the very comprehensive definition used in the UN's Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

I found his anecdotal material very powerful: stories told in the voices of both victims and torturers. This material bears out his contention that torture destroys the victim's very personality (should they survive) and is soon destructive of the torturers who have to live with themselves.

The author provides reflection on the efforts of survivors and some torturers to find healing and justice.

Especially daunting are the stories of how some Church leaders in such places as South America have supported torture, reasoning that Leftists are out to destroy their way of life.

Reflection is provided from the perspective of theology, history, sociology, politics, scripture and ethics. A short but powerful book with good footnotes for further study.

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