A Double-Edged Sword
Jehanne d'Arc and Claims to Divine Sanction in Acts of War
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Brenda Novack has distilled a quintessential lesson from the life of Joan of Arc. This author brilliantly and authoritatively places Adolf Hitler and his nemesis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in the cross-hairs of the lessons embedded in the life, and what Novack discerns as the 'exemplary teaching,' of Joan of Arc. Novack's book is of seminal importance for contemporary theology, philosophy, and cultural studies."
--W. A. Borody, Nipissing University, Canada
"Can claims that one's acts of violence have divine sanction be examined so that criteria can be established for assessing their authenticity? Brenda Novack presents Saint Joan of Arc's claim as a compelling one, and on its basis, develops such criteria which she then applies to two figures of the twentieth century: Adolf Hitler and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. An intriguing undertaking it is, well done, and worth engaging."
--Martin Rumscheidt, Atlantic School of Theology, Nova Scotia
"Brenda Novack has produced a work of originality and merit. A Double-Edged Sword makes a significant scholarly contribution, not only to our understanding of the role that divine sanction of warfare played in the theological reception of Jehanne d'Arc, but also to the contemporary discussions about this important and controversial topic."
--Linda Hogan, Trinity College Dublin