Gerald J. Beyer is Professor of Christian Ethics at Villanova University. His publications include Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution(Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2010) and Just Universities: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Corporatized Higher Education (Fordham University Press, 2021). Beyer also co-edited and contributed a chapter to the critical edition of Karol Wojtyła, Katolicka etyka społeczna (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, 2018). He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland as a Kosciuszko Fellow (1995-97), the Papal University of Theology in Kraków (1996-97), and the Kraków University of Economics as a Fulbright Fellow (1998-98).
I am a Christian theologian who abhors war and believes that all other reasonable means should be exhausted before the use of lethal force is undertaken. At the same time, I am convinced that there are times – albeit rare – when the evil is so great that no measure other than force will prevent grave atrocities on a massive scale.
Upon completing the book, I wanted to turn my attention to my other scholarly interests. I wanted to look away. However, the book, despite whatever shortcomings it has, seems to have struck a chord. Reading groups have used it on several campuses. I have given more talks already since its 2021 publication than about any other topic over the course of my career.