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The Vietnam War and the Cross: A Narrative for Peace

Dinh, Hoa Trung (2016) The Vietnam War and the Cross: A Narrative for Peace. Australasian Catholic Record, 93 (2). pp. 131-144. ISSN 0727-3215

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Every war is sustained by a narrative that explains the conflict and the necessity of the use of force. A war narrative gives the assembly a common identity, a sense of solidarity, and a mandate for action. This paper examines the ethical significance of war narratives, with particular reference to the Vietnam War, and how war narratives can continue to foster enmity for decades after the fighting. The paper discusses two war narratives that played vital roles in the Vietnam conflict: the Revolution narrative, and the Republic narrative. Drawing from the works of Jon Sobrino and Jurgen Moltmann, who identify the crucified Christ with the victims of violence, this paper demonstrates that the cross can offer a new vision for peaceful coexistence beyond war and animosity.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Vietnam War (1961-1975, Peace, Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Narration (Rhetoric), Christian theology, Victims of crimes
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 01:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 04:48
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2280

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