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Brian Powers

Brian S. Powers is the inaugural Bernard William Vann Fellow in Christianity and the Armed Forces at Durham University in the United Kingdom.  He holds a Ph.D in Theological Studies from Emory University, and a Th.M and M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary.  His book Full Darkness: Original Sin, Moral Injury and Wartime Violence (Eerdmans, 2019) explores the resonances between the theological conception of original sin and the experience of combat trauma in military veterans.


Response: Frameworks of Meaning, Identity, and Resistance

The language of the imago dei has the capacity, in my view, to subvert the legal and ethical justifications for war, and focus dialogue and conversations on the ways in which killing, tragically, allows us to glimpse the diminishment of our own humanity in the death of another.