REFLECTION

Don W. King - Reflection: A Dream

For sixteen years Don W. King served as the Editor of the Christian Scholar’s Review, completing
his service on May 1, 2015. In the last of three short reflections he relates a dream he had
just before stepping down as editor. Mr. King is Professor of English at Montreat College.

ARTICLES

Akiyo M. Cantrell - Remembering Hiroshima: The Construction of Communal Memory

The survivors of the first atomic bomb used in war, which was dropped in Hiroshima, have
been telling their survival stories for many decades. Many of them have found that telling
their experiences is empowering, as it gives them a purpose to live and allows them to share
their knowledge worldwide with people of all generations. However, as they age, many
survivors are increasingly concerned that there will be no one to tell future generations
about their experiences. Akiyo M. Cantrell proposes that Christians ought to respond to
their concerns positively by learning the survivors’ stories, from the survivors’ perspectives,
and telling the stories to others, while keeping the survivors in their prayers. Ms. Cantrell
is a lecturer at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson - The Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons: A Problem for State Authority

In this essay Tyler Wigg-Stevenson situates the new international discourse on the “humanitarian
impact of nuclear weapons” as the latest historical phase of nuclear weapons
governance, involving a shift in focus toward the risks and effects of nuclear weapons,
rather than the political ends they serve. Read in light of a Christian political theology
that grounds state being in justice, the humanitarian impact findings indicate that the
harms and risks of nuclear weapons are demonstrably unjust, meaning they exceed
and contravene the basis for state authority. This suggests the theological imperative of
Christian support for the legal prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons. Tyler
Wigg-Stevenson is the Chair of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons for the World
Evangelical Alliance, and a doctoral student in theology at Wycliffe College, University
of Toronto.

 

Daniel R. Allen - The Only Way to Win: The Enduring Problem of Nuclear Deterrence

In this essay Daniel R. Allen reviews nuclear deterrence, the most crucial theoretic construct
for nuclear weapons policy. A wide range of positions exists with respect to belief in the
deterrent utility of nuclear weapons. The positions of deterrence optimists rely entirely on a
presumption that human rationality undercuts the motive for nuclear weapon use. However,
Christian understandings of human fallibility represent an intractable problem for acceptance
of both nuclear optimism and a long run policy of nuclear deterrence. This places faith-led
pacifists and just war adherents together among nuclear pessimists, representing a step
toward developing a Christian view on nuclear weapons. Mr. Allen is Associate Professor
of Political Science at Anderson University.

REVIEW ESSAY

Scott Waalkes - Whatever Happened to Nuclear Weapons?—A Review Essay

Scott Waalkes is Professor of Political Science at Malone University.