Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers
A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Many believe, myself among them, the world must change its violent course if humanity is to survive and go forward. The opposite of violence, and its cure, is nonviolence; but the term is still shrouded in confusion. This well-researched book does a masterful job making nonviolence--arguably the most important principle we can learn--available to millions of readers."
--Michael Nagler, Professor Emeritus, University of California Berkeley
"Using the time-tested virtue approach to ethics, McCarthy helps us cultivate the dispositions, practices, and rules needed for nonviolent peace-building. But then, with virtue's ability to culturally adapt, he engages Hindu, Christian, and Muslim models, and proposes a contemporary, realistic vision. He translates this vision into the language of human rights so as to give it even more universal appeal. The result is an interreligious, comprehensive project of a new world order. A truly timely and engaging work!"
--James F. Keenan, Boston College
"This is an excellent book. It is highly original and intellectually precise, while remaining grounded in the Christian life and passion for social change. McCarthy cuts across standard divisions of just war theory and pacifism to create a public and political peacemaking ethic of virtue for an era in which Christian action for global justice is not optional."
--Lisa Cahill, Boston College
"McCarthy's deep discussion of the challenges of nonviolent peacemaking should be essential reading for all would-be peacemakers and, more especially, for all those who still see lethal force as the answer to international problems."
--Alan Goulty, Former British Ambassador to Sudan