Tag: World War II

Five Movies to Make You Think in 2016

Why do you go to the movies? For many, it’s for entertainment. Movies certainly possess a remarkable ability to make us laugh and cry. Others go to the movies to escape from the pressures and difficulties of daily life. I may be an odd duck, but I enjoy movies that make me think—especially about the deep questions of life. Some…

The Ethics of Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Coauthored with Michael Samples, presently a student at Riverside City College. In a world full of hatred, death, destruction, deception, and double dealing, the United States at the end of World War II was almost universally regarded as the disinterested champion of justice, freedom, and democracy.1 This quote from distinguished World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose conveys a powerful…

Ethics in “The Hunger Games”

  How do the choices we make in pursuit of an end goal impact the outcome of our endeavors? If our cause is worthy enough, are we excused from ethical considerations in our efforts to achieve it? In other words, do the ends justify the means? These were the questions on RTB editor Maureen Moser’s mind after reading Mockingjay, the…

Reflections on War

The Second World War is the largest single event in human history, fought across six of the world’s seven continents and all its oceans. It killed fifty million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilisation. — John Keegan, The Second World War (New York: Penguin,…

How to Choose a History Book

I make no secret about my love for my country and its history. If you hang around Reflections long enough, you’ll see me address topics like World War II (in which my father fought) and the JFK assassination. But history can be a contentious subject these days, with many views—some reasonable, some decidedly not—vying for the chance to shape the…

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Samples

I think ideas matter. And I think that the 62 million to 78 million people who were killed in World War II: they died over ideas. The Fascists, the Communists, the Democracies; they had different worldviews, different ideas. I think thinking matters. I think reading matters. — Kenneth Samples, “Are You a Renaissance Christian?” part 1 and part 2, Straight…

Quote of the Week: Stephen E. Ambrose

In a world full of hatred, death, destruction, deception, and double-dealing, the United States at the end of World War II was almost universally regarded as the disinterested champion of justice, freedom, and democracy. — Stephen E. Ambrose,  American Heritage New History of World War II (New York: Viking, 1997), 601.

Walking the Streets of London

Walking the streets of London last night I envisioned the German bombers above London during the blitz campaigns of World War II. I thought of C. S. Lewis on the BBC radio, broadcasting his talks that would become his book Mere Christianity. And I remembered prime minister Winston Churchill giving his “We Shall Never Surrender” speech. I also thought of…

Quote of the Week: John Keegan

The Second World War is the largest single event in human history, fought across six of the world’s seven continents and all its oceans. It killed fifty million human beings, left hundreds of millions of others wounded in mind or body and materially devastated much of the heartland of civilisation. — John Keegan, The Second World War (New York: Penguin,…