The Atlantic Interviews Stanley Hauerwas

by caseybedell

Hauerwas, who is professor emeritus of theological ethics at Duke University and the church’s most articulate pacifist was recently asked, What do you think Americans can do, if anything, to change our relationship with war?” 

Hauerwas says,

I know this sounds absurd, but I’d return to the draft. One of the problems we currently have is there hasn’t been in the population any serious engagement with the ethics of war because we have an all-volunteer army. I would think the return to the draft would be an intervention that would require discussion that might be more helpful in terms of our ability to limit war.