James W. Douglass

James W. Douglass is a Catholic peace activist, theologian, and author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters

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Talking Peace With a Nuclear War Planner

An interview with Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg.

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in The Post, a film about the publication of the Pentagon Papers leaked by Daniel Ellsberg.

Daniel Ellsberg was an analyst for the Rand Corporation when, in 1971, he leaked top-secret Defense Department documents about the Vietnam War to The New York Times and other media outlets. The publication of what became known as the Pentagon Papers demonstrated, according to the Times, that the government had “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress” about U.S. actions in Vietnam and escalations of the war into Laos and Cambodia. Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers is a central focus of the Steven Spielberg film The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, scheduled for wide release in early January.

In his new book The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg returns to his whistleblower role as he reveals secret U.S. government plans for wide-scale nuclear war and decries Trump administration threats to rebuild U.S. nuclear-weapons stockpiles. Ellsberg and longtime Catholic peace activist James W. Douglass, author of numerous books, including Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth, talked this fall about nuclear weapons and the fate of the earth.

The Right Question?

"HOW DO YOU contain Saddam Hussein without either bombing or starving the kids in his country?"

Sanctions & Iraq

"HONEST, UNFLINCHING, Prophetic"? Those are the words you use on your back cover to describe Sojourners.

Who Was Lazarus?

by James W. Douglass 03-01-1997
Overcoming death and the power of empire.

Transformation at the Cross

How shall we live as disciples of Jesus the Christ? The readings for these winding-down weeks of the year all address that question.

Everyday Miracles

by James W. Douglass 07-01-1996
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A.

Receive the Holy Spirit

Reflections on the revised common lectionary, cycle A.

The Cross of Forgiveness

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Gospel Mayhem

by James W. Douglass 03-01-1996
Twenty years of the Atlantic Life Community.

Ordinary Encounters

These reflections actually began with Christmas, the incomprehensible feast celebrating the unbelievable fact: God with us, God loving us (see "Living the Word," November-December 1995).

 

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