This is a very readable account of varying Christian attitudes to war and conflict, fair in its discussion, for example, of Christian pacifism but presenting the case for pragmatic "Christian realism". The latter is based on a belief that Christians are called to political involvement on behalf of their wider communities, but also on a recognition that individuals and families and nations are prone to greed and pride, hubris and sheer evil. This is one of the best books I have read on this subject, especially for the general reader - for the scholar there are more detailed and perhaps more profound books. And there are studies on related questions regarding, for example, human psychology - the subjects of fear and human aggressiveness for example, and reasons for conflict between groups and individuals, that will complement this work - though of course these are matters for our on-going study especially in our very troubled world today. Canon Dr Alan Billings in a priest of the Church of England, former Director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University, and in recent times - one especially notes - teacher of the ethics of war to British military chaplains. Other books by this gifted writer include "Dying and Grieving", "God and Community Cohesion", "Lost Church", "Making God Possible", and "Secular Lives, Sacred Hearts" - his a sane and intelligent (and intelligible!) voice in today's Church.