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TitleRich Vein or Fools Gold?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsDeane, Morgan
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsJust-War Ethics; Nonviolent Theology; Pacifism

Proclaim Peace is the first full-length volume discussing nonviolent theology in Latter-day Saint thought. It seeks to provide a new understanding of Restoration texts that aligns Mormon thought with modern pacifist traditions. Unfortunately, the book suffers from methodology issues that include an overly creative reading of some scriptures to support pacifist theories and the minimization of others’ theories. The book fails to interact with just-war ethics in meaningful ways that could enhance their ethic of peace. As a result, the book is longer than other pacifist texts but suffers from the same problems as previous entries in talking past those with differing opinion. The text will likely only appeal to a small audience of like-minded individuals who already share the same theories.