Morality of the Iraq War Debate - June 9th

Congratulations to guest Laurence M. Vance author, teacher and freelance writer and now winner of the Coveted Golden Grog Award on the June 9th edition of The SoapBox Radio Show.

Dr. Vance debated Mark Overstreet, Vice President and Professor at Criswell College over the issue the Iraq War and whether or not the United States actions have been moral and just. Dr. Vance argued that our mission in Iraq is not a moral one and that those who continue to enlist in the US military are not acting morally. Dr. Overstreet argued that going into Iraq was a defensive action and therefore the death and destruction can be viewed as just and moral.

Both speakers were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their positions. The final results of the two hour online voting were extremely close with Dr. Vance winning 51% - 49%. You can access more information about either of these guests by visiting the following links:

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Show Summary

The United States military involvement in Iraq has been the center of much controversy. There have been disagreements over strategy, troop strength, the credibility of intelligence sources and even the constitutionality of the action; But what about the morality of the action?

Was the initial act of pre-emptive war a moral and just action? Was the action consistent with the values of Christianity? Can the military personnel themselves be held morally accountable for their actions if they are carrying out the orders of their leaders? Join columnist and author Laurence M. Vance as he squares off against Dr. Mark Overstreet, VP and professor at Criswell College over the issue of the morality of the Iraq War on the Saturday, June 9th edition of The SoapBox Radio Show!

Dr. Mark M. Overstreet serves as vice president and professor at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He completed his masters and doctor of philosophy degrees in biblical studies and theology and currently teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Overstreet teaches, preaches, and writes in several areas of interest, including biblical and practical engagement in the arenas of understanding life, culture, politics, and current world events. He has published numerous articles, chapters, and presented papers and moderated sessions at conferences around the country. Dr. Overstreet and his wife have three sons and live outside of Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Overstreet believes the mission of our military men and women in Iraq can be moral, just, and consistent with the principles of Christianity.

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» Mark Overstreet’s Website

Laurence M. Vance, Ph.D., is a teacher, an author, a publisher, a freelance writer, the editor of the Classic Reprints series, and the director of the Francis Wayland Institute. He holds degrees in history, theology, accounting, and economics. The author of seven books and two collections of essays, he regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals. Dr. Vance's writing interests include free market economics, taxation, government spending and corruption, the socialism and statism of conservative pundits and Republican politicians, Baptist theology, English Bible history, Greek grammar, and the folly of war. He is a regular columnist for, and blogs for,, and Dr. Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, the Society of Dispensational Theology, the International Society of Bible Collectors, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute.


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» Vance Publications

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